Millions of children die every year due to
illnesses that could have been prevented, but access to health care can make a
Families living in
poverty face many hardships. Food insecurity, a lack of access to clean water
and shortages of medications and essential health care services put children's
lives at risk. In both developed and developing nations, the causes of untimely
deaths vary widely, but an infographic from the University of
Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reveals the leading
causes of mortality in children and adults around the world.
The infographic illustrates the leading causes of mortality
worldwide and also how many years of human life are lost annually as a result of
these factors. According to Wired Science, approximately 40
percent of deaths are caused by preventable conditions, and lives could be
saved by increasing access to basic medications, clean drinking water and
improved neonatal care. The IHME's database that was used to create the
one of the most comprehensive ever conceived, and offers an amazing view of
the true scale of the world's burden of disease and how many deaths could be
prevented every year.
Malaria, tuberculosis, respiratory infections
and diarrhea are among the greatest contributing factors to child
mortality worldwide, and all of these diseases can be prevented with inexpensive
drugs, items like treated mosquito nets and water purification
treatments and access to basic health care. However, many families simply cannot
afford these things without assistance, and millions of children die every year
as a result. In total, more than 1.7 billion years of human life are lost
annually due to untimely deaths that could have been prevented.
infographic also reveals that, while the incidence of some infections and
diseases declined between 2005 and 2010, other causes of mortality rose,
including typhoid and hepatitis.
Making a difference
ChildFund works in some of the world's
poorest countries to provide children in need with the health care and
essentials they need to survive. One of the best ways you can help us save
children's lives is by sponsoring a child.
For just $28 per month,
you can support a boy or girl with access to the nutritious food, clean drinking
water and lifesaving medications he or she so desperately needs. Your support
will make a lifetime's worth of difference to families, and many of our
sponsored children have gone on to lead happy, healthy and rewarding lives
thanks to the support and generosity of their sponsors.
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