- 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation.
- 1 billion children are deprived of one or more services essential to survival and development.
- 148 million under the age of 5 in developing regions are underweight for their age.
- 101 million children are not attending primary school, with more girls than boys missing out.
- 7.6 million children worldwide died before their 5th birthday in 2010.
- 4 million newborns worldwide are dying in the first month of life.
- 2 million children under 15 are living with HIV >500,000 women die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
“The continuation of this suffering and loss of life contravenes the natural human instinct to help in times of disaster. Imagine the horror of the world if a major earthquake were to occur and people stood by and watched without assisting the survivors! Yet every day, the equivalent of a major earthquake killing over 30,000 young children occurs to a disturbingly muted response. They die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.” UNICEF, Progress of Nations 2000