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What “preventable” means


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Working together toward the same goal

Recently, I attended a presentation by officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) about its new report to Congress: “Working Toward the Goal of Reducing Maternal and Child Mortality: USAID Programming and Response to FY08 Appropriations.” Though the title is a mouthful, the report is an encouraging development in the fight for child survival.

Last year, Congress passed an appropriations bill that included an increase of $90 million for maternal and child health programs. Congress also instructed USAID to report on how its child survival programs are working toward the goal of reducing child mortality by two-thirds. UNICEF advocates pushed for both the funding and the report.

This USAID report noted that the agency will use the $450 million it was given to achieve and sustain the greatest possible reduction of maternal and child mortality and malnutrition. Its strategy includes these elements:

  • Focus on maternal, newborn and child mortality reduction as a clear goal
  • Identify and scale up high-impact interventions most relevant to the target country
  • Support the most effective approaches to delivering key interventions to families and communities

USAID’s strategy complements UNICEF’s proven approach to save children’s lives. We salute USAID for their commitment to child survival.

There is still much to be done

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Clay Aiken: Give the gift of growing up

— UNICEF and Malaria No More are teaming up to defeat malaria

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NewsNet: State of Asia-Pacific’s Children


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Have you seen the video?

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re always reaching out to people. We want them (and that includes you) to have the chance to learn about all the ways we help kids around the world. We have so many programs in so many countries, it’s not an easy task.

Recently, some of the very talented people I work with made this video, which beautifully illustrates UNICEF’s work to do whatever it takes to save a child. As far as I can tell, it’s impossible to watch this video and not be moved by the scope of UNICEF’s efforts

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World Breastfeeding Week

I often joke with my friends that my daughter was born hungry.

Immediately after being born, the nine-pound little porker wanted to eat. A kind nurse at the hospital who noticed how exhausting labor was for me thought I could use a break and offered me formula. It was tempting, but I chose to breastfeed instead, which has been one of the best decisions I’ve made as a mother.

Breastfeeding comes with so many benefits. It creates a special bond between a mom and her baby. It helps raise a baby’s IQ level. And

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