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Goal: 20,000 Progress: 11,068
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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

Nov 19, 2014 Virginia Hernandez Bauve
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Nov 17, 2014 annette florence
Nov 17, 2014 Michael Tavaglione
Nov 17, 2014 Muriel Servaege
Nov 17, 2014 Saundra Ackler
Nov 17, 2014 cynthia teixeira
Nov 17, 2014 Britney Bergum
Nov 17, 2014 charlene clukey
Nov 17, 2014 Karen stickney
Nov 17, 2014 Caroline Broughton
Nov 17, 2014 Sybil Murray
Nov 16, 2014 Diana McKoski
Nov 16, 2014 Christine Dettwiler
Nov 15, 2014 Liliána Tóth
Nov 15, 2014 Kathy Snawder
Nov 15, 2014 Maria Albuquerque
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Nov 15, 2014 Margaret Argyle
Nov 15, 2014 Emily Dickinson-Adams
Nov 15, 2014 kathy dolson
Nov 15, 2014 Gwendolyn Brown
Nov 15, 2014 Betty Helland
Nov 15, 2014 Maria Craigie
Nov 15, 2014 Rossella Maietti
Nov 14, 2014 Ilean Rive
Nov 13, 2014 jalisa Lipsey
Nov 13, 2014 Gloria De la Peña
Nov 13, 2014 Kathy Snawder
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Nov 13, 2014 bob petermann
Nov 13, 2014 tamalee robinson
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Nov 13, 2014 Laurie Bennett
Nov 13, 2014 Shauna Kerr
Nov 13, 2014 l wartick
Nov 13, 2014 Hilda Gandia
Nov 13, 2014 m amedeo
Nov 13, 2014 Lori Frepan
Nov 13, 2014 Ann Phelps
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Nov 13, 2014 Cynthia Angulo
Nov 13, 2014 Nancy Clayton
Nov 10, 2014 christine waddell
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Nov 9, 2014 Gloria D'Ambrosio
Nov 9, 2014 H Al
Nov 7, 2014 Vickie Herdman
Nov 7, 2014 ashley Cunningham

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