Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Today, over 24,000 children died around the world

Despite the fact that you rarely hear about this in headlines, it is a fact that well over 24,000 Children died today, and nearly everyday, around the world. They were killed by poverty, hunger, illnesses and diseases that can be easily cured and better yet easily prevented.

The well known fact seems to be easily forgotten in our busy society. A child dies every 3 seconds. That is a hard fact to swallow and we seem to ignore it daily. About 16-17 Children die every minute. 9 Million Children die every year. From 2000-2007, our world lost about 79 Million Children.

It is the equivalent to the Haiti earthquake taking place on a 10 day cycle, or the 2004 Asian Tsunami.

According to UNICEF:

1 million Children are deprived of one or more services essential to survival and development.
148 million under 5's are underweight for their age.
101 million Children are not attending primary schools.
22 million Children have no regular immunization from disease.
8.8 million Children died before their fifth birthday in 2008.
4 million new borns are dying within the first month of life.
2 million Children under 15 are living with HIV.
Over 500,000 woman die each year from causes related to Child birth or pregnancy.

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