6.6 million children will die this year before they reach their 5th birthday. That number is almost the equivalent of the
entire population of New York City. Even more disturbing, most of these children will die from preventable causes.
At the same time, as a global community, we have made staggering progress in the
reduction of child mortality. Over the last 50 years, child mortality has been reduced
by 70 percent. This result is largely due to high-impact tools and
interventions for child survival, notably new vaccines and more community
However, we must not let this progress hide the reality that 6.6 million
children are at risk every year. In rich and poor countries alike, the poorest and
most disadvantaged children continue to miss out on lifesaving, affordable interventions.
All governments and citizens are responsible for the survival of their most vulnerable
children. Stakeholders in every country – from the government to civil society
to the faith community to the private sector – are responsible for the survival
of the world's children. Their existing commitments, as well as future commitments,
must be fulfilled.
Ending preventable child deaths is possible, if we all work together.