In poor countries mothers do not get the important resources and treatments for their babies. Up to 70 percent of newborn babies can be saved with access to antibiotics for infections, sterile bandages for birth procedures, and breast feeding and skin to skin contact for the baby’s warmth. With improved childhood health around the world childhood deaths under the age of 5 have decreased. This decline is largely due to vaccinations and basic health treatments. Educating mothers in poor countries is a sign of hope for healthier babies.
Vaccines save lives but over 26 million children did not receive life saving vaccines. Over 100 million are vaccinated from tuberculosis, polio, measles, and other diseases. Today 21 percent of children do not have access to simple life saving vaccines. Every year 2.4 million children die from preventable diseases. Many non-profit and for profit companies and governments donate millions of dollars a year to help cure preventable diseases. A difficult problem that many are working on is how to transport vaccines that require special temperatures.
By providing children with good nutritious food you also provide them with good health. Over one third of childhood deaths could be prevented by providing nutritious food. From Pregnancy to age 2 it is critical that children eat nutritious food to develop physically and cognitively. Over 2 billion people in the world suffer from mal nutrition. Two thirds of deaths of children I developing countires is due to poor nutrition that weakens immune systems.
Pneumonia is the cause of over 2 million infant and child deaths a year. Many children need simple protection against bacteria and virus to keep healthy. In pneumonia cases 30 to 40 percent go undiagnosed. Most wealthy nation commonly treat children with pneumonia but poor countries do not have the access to treat and diagnose the sickness. Even though pneumonia is the leading cause of death it is still one of the less funded than other diseases.