Statement by Administrator Shah on Global Child Mortality Data Released By UNICEF

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
USAID Press Office
202-712-4320

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This is a truly historic moment. Thirty years ago, 46,000 children died every single day. As we see from today’s announcement that number has fallen below 19,000. While this progress is extraordinary, a child dying anywhere in the world is a tragic loss and undermines peace and stability. 

This year, the United States co-hosted a Child Survival Call to Action that challenged the world to reduce child mortality to below 20 child deaths per 1000 live births in every country by 2035. Assuming countries already on track continue to make progress at their current rates, achieving this target will save an additional 5.6 million children’s lives every year. That means 50 million more children will survive and thrive. 

All of us are responsible for the survival of the world’s children. If we act now, we can usher in an end to preventable child death, which would be a great accelerator for reducing population growth, spurring economic progress, and creating a more secure world. More than that, ensuring that no family needlessly suffers the loss of a child would be one of the great moral victories of our time.

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