Francis, a ChildFund-sponsored child who lives in Uganda, has been healthier since receiving a mosquito net for his bed.
The United Nations (U.N.) is actively involved in a number of humanitarian initiatives in some of the poorest countries in the world. However, even those who are aware of the U.N.'s aid and relief work may not be up to date on the organization's Millennium Development Goals (MDG), a program started in 2000 with a 15-year agenda. This ambitious plan aims to eradicate poverty in the world's neediest countries and focus on a range of projects, from health care to education. As 2015 approaches, we examine how the U.N.'s goals are making a difference in the lives of millions of people and how supporting ChildFund, which helps implement these goals, can offer vulnerable children and their communities hope in the coming years.
Tackling the Threat of Malaria
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 216 million cases of malaria were reported worldwide in 2010, and approximately 655,000 people died from the disease, most of whom lived in African countries. About 86 percent of the people who died were children. Malaria is spread by mosquitos carrying sporozoite parasites. Left untreated, malaria can cause a range of serious health conditions including jaundice, anemia, coma and death.
More than 216 million cases of malaria were reported worldwide in 2010, and approximately 655,000 people died from the disease.
Reducing the threat of malaria in developing nations is one of the U.N.'s millennium goals, and ChildFund is working to prevent children from dying needlessly from malaria. ChildFund operates in 27 countries where malaria is rampant, including much of sub-Saharan Africa, and provides communities in nations like Uganda with chemically treated mosquito nets. You can help ChildFund continue this important mission and meet the U.N.'s goal of reducing malaria infections by 75 percent by 2015.
Fighting Hunger in Developing Nations
Millions of children go to bed hungry each night, and hunger affects more than 870 million people worldwide. The U.N. is working with nongovernmental organizations, child development agencies and other groups to promote agricultural cooperatives to end world hunger. Millions of people depend on small-scale farming to survive, and agricultural cooperatives not only help fight child poverty and hunger, they also empower people to live sustainably, find work and earn a decent living. ChildFund works in countries such as Timor-Leste to provide farmers with the tools, education and support they need to grow their way out of poverty.
Supporting our work through donations and child sponsorship is a way you can help us end hunger in some of the world's poorest countries. If you want to make a difference in the lives of children who are suffering, please consider donating to our Children's Greatest Needs fund.