It’s a very exciting day for us here at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. As you may have seen in this morning’s New York Times, UNICEF has announced that the number of children under the age of five dying each day from preventable causes has dropped to 24,000. Only three years ago, 25,500 children were dying each day. Just imagine”now 1,500 more children are surviving, playing, laughing, growing every single day. As President and CEO of the U.S. Fund”and as a parent”I am thrilled to be able to share this news with you.
And the most exciting piece of today’s announcement? Our new information shows that the drop in child mortality is actually accelerating. In other words, our work is proving more effective all the time. It is truly galvanizing to see”in simple statistics”that UNICEF’s is getting closer and closer to the day when the number of children dying from preventable causes is zero. It’s the best kind of feedback we can get.
Our success is due, in large part, to the unceasing dedication and effort of UNICEF’s worldwide staff of more than 10,000 people, working in 150 counties around the globe. And, as we never forget, it is thanks to you. Your support”even in the midst of this economic crisis”has been amazing. I hope you share my happiness and pride today in the knowledge that, together, we are saving so many little girls and boys.
But we cannot take too much time to dwell on the children whose lives are being saved each day. Because 24,000 beautiful, innocent children are still dying every day”and they do not have to. We know exactly what we can and must do to save them. We have the knowledge and the expertise. All we need is your ongoing support. We can reach a day when zero children die from preventable causes. We believe in zero. You believe in zero. Now let’s get there together.