The UN recently launched a worldwide campaign to save the lives of 16 million mothers and children over the course of the next five years. UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, launched this campaign with around $40b already pledged by governments and private lad groups.
The global strategy will later be announced at the end of the three-day summit reviewing progress of the eight millennium development goals. These goals include: cutting in half extreme poverty, ensuring universal primary education, halting and reversing the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and reducing child mortality by two-thirds and maternal mortality by three quarters by the year 2015.
An investment into women’s health is a necessity to build stable, peaceful and productive societies. An estimated 8 million children die a year prior to reach their 5th birthday and about 350,000 women die during pregnancy or childbirth.
Previously, there had been a lot of donors for this cause, however since the economic crisis, there has been a big concern as to where the money will come from. According to an article from Women News Network, the head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Flavia Bustreo, said some money could be used to pay for simple, inexpensive tools and practices that could save millions of the world’s children each year.
She said that 1 million newborns who die each year through aspiration could have been saved with a tool that has a bulb like a turkey baster that would be able to clear away liquid out of their breathing passage. Lives of other children can also be saved with rehydration liquids, which could combat diarrhea, immunizations to combat childhood diseases, such as measles, and vitamin supplements to fight malnutrition.