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Goal: 20,000 Progress: 10,987
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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


Oct 20, 2014 Jennifer Welch
Oct 19, 2014 Janice Elton
Oct 18, 2014 Kenneth Tolchin
Oct 17, 2014 Maria Villalta Quiros
Oct 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2014 sandib bachman
Oct 16, 2014 Raymond Goyette 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 the U.S. contribution to UNICEF.
Oct 16, 2014 M Higgins
Oct 16, 2014 Gloria Carlton
Oct 16, 2014 Donna Meyers
Oct 16, 2014 Emma Spurgin Hussey
Oct 16, 2014 Maria Catena
Oct 15, 2014 Kiriaki Cocolakis
Oct 14, 2014 Dennis Sigut
Oct 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2014 Judy Jacobs The other day I attended a talk by Nick Kristoff. He said that one of the most cost-effective ways to insure the education of kids in third-world regions was worming. Do you worm your dog? Bet someone does. Same drugs. Safe, effective. Do it for kids.
Oct 13, 2014 Jennifer Montoya
Oct 12, 2014 Katy Kreutzer
Oct 12, 2014 ludmila Holcmannova
Oct 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2014 Juanita L. Carl We need to make the world's children healthier every year!
Oct 11, 2014 Jonathan Knudsen
Oct 11, 2014 Shane Ross
Oct 11, 2014 Diane Diernbach
Oct 11, 2014 Natividad Becerro
Oct 11, 2014 Enrique Becerro
Oct 11, 2014 Sofia Becerro
Oct 11, 2014 Amaia Perez
Oct 11, 2014 Maria Cuffari
Oct 11, 2014 Sandra Pontes
Oct 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2014 Sarmad Attar Bashi Shargool
Oct 11, 2014 Gregory Anderson
Oct 11, 2014 Marc Gregory
Oct 11, 2014 nancy lowe
Oct 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2014 Catalina-Maria Hentz
Oct 11, 2014 Lisa Lind Children are the world's most valuable treasure. Please do all you can to ensure their health and well being.
Oct 11, 2014 Martin Lopez
Oct 11, 2014 Margaret Smithers
Oct 11, 2014 betta zaro
Oct 11, 2014 Agnieszka Długaszek
Oct 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2014 anna papadopoulou
Oct 11, 2014 Eliza Duncan
Oct 11, 2014 Jade Coyote
Oct 11, 2014 Jenny DeGraw
Oct 11, 2014 Dawn Hammett
Oct 11, 2014 Teresa Nettleton
Oct 11, 2014 Susan Karolyi Every life is valuable.

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