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Goal: 20,000 Progress: 11,737
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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, 2015 Camille VanGee
Apr 16, 2015 Eileen Sands
Apr 14, 2015 Catherine Sutton
Apr 14, 2015 Steven Sutler
Apr 14, 2015 Erika Celorio
Apr 14, 2015 Elise Buffie
Apr 12, 2015 Ramona Magana
Apr 11, 2015 Susan Dussing
Apr 10, 2015 Rachael Pappano
Apr 7, 2015 Monique Smith-Andrews
Apr 7, 2015 Diane Gibson
Apr 4, 2015 Christine Traylor
Apr 2, 2015 TERESA KOHL
Apr 1, 2015 chenie kaur
Mar 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2015 Reagan Hailey
Mar 27, 2015 Kelly Inviere
Mar 20, 2015 Anna Hoy-Nielsen
Mar 20, 2015 mia utzinger
Mar 17, 2015 Gary Van Deusen
Mar 17, 2015 Sara Balzer
Mar 14, 2015 Alice Neuman
Mar 10, 2015 Rebecca N-F
Mar 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 6, 2015 lawrence adrian
Mar 6, 2015 Isabella Ondei
Mar 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 4, 2015 Lisa Delabre
Mar 4, 2015 Carol Melvin
Mar 2, 2015 ivonne leon
Mar 1, 2015 Patricia Fuentes
Feb 28, 2015 Deborah Richardt Thank you for all the things you are doing to help the average American! Please push to continue the research that will help every country in the world reach its goal of 20 deaths per 1,000 births a year.
Feb 23, 2015 Deborah Lombardi
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel
Feb 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 15, 2015 Victoria Peyser
Feb 12, 2015 Linda Bruce
Feb 12, 2015 Trina Harding They don't have to die, please help them.
Feb 12, 2015 Norma Bourdon
Feb 12, 2015 Ana Maria Ternent de Samper
Feb 12, 2015 Carol Rahbari
Feb 12, 2015 Dave Mattozzi
Feb 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2015 Bob Shanahan
Feb 11, 2015 Theresa Fonseca
Feb 10, 2015 janine depkon
Feb 10, 2015 Linda McEachron-Taylor
Feb 10, 2015 Elaine Heathcoat
Feb 10, 2015 Susan Armistead, M.D.

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