World Vision calls on Stakeholders to ‘Close the Gap`

4-10 September 2013 | GLOBAL

This week, World Vision International’s Child Health Now campaign launches global mobilisation, calling on world leaders to “Close the Gap” on poverty to improve child survival. Since 2000, the world has made incredible progress in saving the lives of millions of children from preventable deaths. Through the leadership of heads of nations, citizens, corporations and civil society, there has been a steady decrease in under-five mortality, from 12.1 million deaths in 1990 to 6.9 million today, meaning 5.2 million children will survive this year that would not have 23 years ago.

Whilst progress is happening , there are still millions of children living in extreme poverty and 6.9 million do not live to see their fifth birthday.

World Vision International says this progress is not happening fast enough and, in some cases, it is leaving the poorest and most vulnerable communities behind; widening the poverty gap even further. Without urgent action there will be more than 100 million preventable child deaths between now and 2035.

The 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly is seen as a critical moment in the process towards 2015, a moment to keep this ”unfinished business” of the MDGs in sight. The Child Health Now campaign will mobilise supporters and World Vision staff ahead of the General Assembly, to call on world leaders to “Close the Gap” on poverty so all children can “Survive 5”.

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