Newborn and Child Survival
Every year, almost 7 million children in the developing world die of largely preventable or treatable illnesses before they reach the age of five - that equates to roughly 19,000 child deaths a day. Leading causes of death include newborn complications, pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. However, many children live in marginalized urban and rural areas that lack access to trained health professionals and well-equipped health facilities.
The bridge between a sick child and this life saving care is often a frontline health worker. Frontline health workers are selected within the community and are trained to assess, classify, and treat or refer children with signs of infection, disease, and other life-threatening conditions.
The “Every Beat MattersTM” campaign uses the actual heartbeats of children to raise awareness about the millions of children who could be saved if they had access to preventative care and treatment. These heartbeats also inspired “Feel Again,” a song by the Grammy-nominated band OneRepublic. A portion of the proceeds from the song go toward helping children around the world receive life-saving care.
Americans are encouraged to become part of the solution to under-5 deaths around the world by supporting frontline health workers. The website www.EveryBeatMatters.org offers a variety of ways to get involved and make a positive impact in the developing world.