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Goal: 20,000 Progress: 7,849
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Experts believe that we have the knowledge and technology to end preventable child deaths in a generation. Specifically, that means hitting "20 by 2035": reducing the under-five child mortality rate to 20 or fewer child deaths per 1,000 live births in every country and community by 2035.

To make it happen, the world needs to "bend the curve" and accelerate global progress in cutting child deaths, especially for the most vulnerable populations.

At a forum last June, representatives from governments, civil society organizations, and faith-based organizations joined a pledge to help reach that incredible goal. On behalf of the U.S. Government, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius signed the pledge.

President Obama noted his commitment to end preventable child deaths last year. We need you to remind him of that commitment. Show him that Americans expect him to make good on his pledge by investing NOW in programs that lead to ZERO children denied the chance to lead a healthy, productive life.

Join us, in urging the President to back up his promises with the resources needed to achieve them.

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Ending preventable child deaths

Dear Mr. President,

I am asking you to act on the commitment the United States made last year to help wipe out preventable deaths of children under the age of five within a generation. The United States and over 175 countries have signed the "Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed" Pledge to help every country in the world reach a child mortality rate of 20 deaths or fewer per 1,000 live births by the year 2035.

American-led resources and innovations already helped to cut those deaths by 40% since 1990. Health experts confirm we definitely can get to the 2035 goal, but we need your leadership and your commitment of the necessary funding.

As you plan your Budget Request to Congress for Fiscal Year 2015, we encourage you to increase funding for the programs and organizations that directly impact global child survival, especially USAID's maternal and child health account and the U.S. contribution to UNICEF.

We committed to thinking big when we signed the Pledge last year. Now we need a bold budget from you to make it happen.

Thank you for joining us in our relentless fight for child survival.


Petition Signatures

Apr 18, 2014 Sandra Hachicha
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Apr 18, 2014 Shannon Adams
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Apr 18, 2014 Mie Otani
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Apr 18, 2014 Mark Stout
Apr 18, 2014 Cesare Milani
Apr 18, 2014 Emanuela Lenoci
Apr 18, 2014 Gwen Wilson
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Apr 18, 2014 Bob Brucker
Apr 18, 2014 gabriele jefferson
Apr 18, 2014 Georges Dick
Apr 17, 2014 M Harvey
Apr 17, 2014 Bettyann Reed
Apr 17, 2014 Susan Pencall
Apr 17, 2014 Warwick Neal
Apr 17, 2014 Laurie Bynum
Apr 17, 2014 Marta Sanchez
Apr 17, 2014 HannaH Alexander
Apr 17, 2014 Jane Callahan
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Apr 17, 2014 jonathan melson
Apr 17, 2014 Kailey Nicholas
Apr 17, 2014 Laurie Armer
Apr 17, 2014 Jon Abbey
Apr 17, 2014 Susan Jeavons Stop spending money on things that don't matter. Children matter. They deserve a chance to live! Keep your commitment Mr. President.
Apr 17, 2014 Susan Smith
Apr 17, 2014 Karen Sullivan
Apr 17, 2014 Joan Borstell
Apr 17, 2014 Bonnie Lynn MacKinnon
Apr 17, 2014 Mark Bulling
Apr 17, 2014 Connie Kirkham
Apr 17, 2014 Amanda Torresani
Apr 17, 2014 silvia martinelli
Apr 17, 2014 Leslye Schoenhuth Children are the Hope of a FUTURE for All of us.
Apr 17, 2014 Laura Jimenez This is just one more example of how wonderful President Obama is for our country. Hopefully more people will see it. Way to go!!!
Apr 17, 2014 rob rondanini
Apr 17, 2014 Marli Garcia Cucharero
Apr 17, 2014 Sean O'Keeffe
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Apr 17, 2014 Crystal Gemora
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Apr 17, 2014 Evelyn Leslie
Apr 17, 2014 Christie Hatchion
Apr 17, 2014 S.J. Anderson
Apr 17, 2014 Richard Heffley
Apr 17, 2014 Gary Fulton
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