Every Child Deserves a Fifth Birthday


This week, a high-level forum is gathering in Washington, DC for the Child Survival Call to Action with the goal to mobilize the world to end preventable child deaths.

More than 7 million children will die this year before they reach their fifth birthday.

Thanks to the enormous progress the world has made over the last 50 years in reducing child mortality by 70 percent, we know what needs to be done to save children’s lives. There are high-impact interventions like: preventing early marriage and pregnancies, providing access to appropriate pre- and post-natal care, ensuring clean and safe deliveries, treating sick and low-weight newborns with appropriate care, ensuring proper nutrition during the critical 1,000 days window (more below), improving routine immunization, sanitation and hygiene; and continuing efforts to combat malaria, such as bed nets and indoor spraying.

As USAID Administrator Raj Shah says, “Today, the global community has the knowledge and the affordable tools to change the course of history." The world knows what needs to be done, and it’s time to make it happen.

The Hunger Project’s vision is a world where every woman, man and child leads a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity. Our village partners who participate in The Hunger Project programs throughout the world aim to ensure that children are healthy, well nourished and thrive (find out more).

As an active member of the global 1,000 Days initiative and a participant in the Child Survival Call to Action, The Hunger Project is in complete solidarity with this movement to end preventable child deaths.

On June 14, 2012, The Hunger Project joined dozens of other civil society organizations in a pledge committing to child survival, which was read aloud during the Child Survival Call to Action.

Working with governments and other NGOs, The Hunger Project is committed to sharing our grassroots, women-centered strategies that continue to make a difference in the lives of our village partners and specifically the children.

What You Can Do

Photo: David Snyder for The Hunger Project