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Goal: 20,000 Progress: 9,101
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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 10, 2014 Danica Bonine
Jul 9, 2014 Ulrika Sjöberg
Jul 9, 2014 Quentin Babel
Jul 8, 2014 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Jul 8, 2014 Kenneth Sanchez
Jul 8, 2014 Gina Freitas
Jul 8, 2014 kevin king
Jul 4, 2014 Naomi Curtis
Jul 4, 2014 Imaan Beeharry
Jul 4, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 4, 2014 Imaan Beeharry
Jul 3, 2014 Bojana Bohinjac
Jul 2, 2014 Peggy MacLaughlin
Jul 2, 2014 Kelly Herberth
Jul 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 2, 2014 Jennifer Ryan
Jul 2, 2014 Diana Leigh Kupersmith
Jul 2, 2014 Elif Kutluer
Jul 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 2, 2014 (Name not displayed) Mr. President, Please help the children as quickly and strong as you can.
Jul 2, 2014 Gorkem Sifael
Jul 2, 2014 Betsy Horrigan
Jul 2, 2014 John LaRochelle
Jul 2, 2014 isaac mier
Jul 1, 2014 Deborah Schade
Jul 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2014 Soheyla Azizi
Jul 1, 2014 Sylvia Gwilliam
Jul 1, 2014 dana forbes
Jul 1, 2014 ana fraga
Jul 1, 2014 kate Ennis
Jun 30, 2014 Katherine Linebaugh
Jun 29, 2014 Phyllis Cole
Jun 29, 2014 Carmen Algarra
Jun 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2014 Cathy Thomas
Jun 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jun 26, 2014 lisa wheldon
Jun 25, 2014 Mary Elizabeth Olsen
Jun 25, 2014 Jericho Williams
Jun 25, 2014 Olga T
Jun 25, 2014 Kwame Asiedu Thank you so so much President Obama for everything you do for this country and the world. I appreciate you so much. These are our children. We need to keep them alive. Please continue to support these children and give them the lives they deserve.
Jun 25, 2014 Donna Matthews
Jun 25, 2014 Monika Freiling
Jun 24, 2014 Emily Dames
Jun 24, 2014 Lynda Barondes
Jun 24, 2014 Alex Gutierrez Please let's show some compassion. Thank you
Jun 24, 2014 kim michaels
Jun 24, 2014 Rebecca Barela

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