Global Week of Action for the unseen, uncounted and unreached children

1-8 MAY 2014 | WORLDWIDE

World Vision’s Child Health Now campaign and partners will mobilise children and communities around the world for a Global Week of Action from 1-8 May 2014. The week of action is in response to the tragedy of the more than 6.6 million children every year who do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday , the 2 million who will die on the day they are born and 4 million who won’t make it to their first birthday . These unseen, uncounted and invisible children under age five lose their lives to preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and undernutrition. They are hidden from the health services that can save their lives.

The Global week of Action is an urgent call for action before the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals is missed and millions more lives are lost needlessly. While celebrating the success that has been achieved in reducing the deaths of children under the age of five, this week of action will also highlight the work that still needs to be done to reach the hundreds of millions of unseen, uncounted and invisible children.

The main call of the Global Week of action will be for governments around the world to act quickly to fulfil their commitments , finish the job of the MDGs and to end the preventable deaths of all children under five. They must live up to the promises they have already made, and, as they negotiate the Post-2015 development agenda, the voices of children and mothers must be heard and their health and nutrition prioritised. The Global Week of Action will highlight the need to accelerate momentum in reducing child deaths.

I want all children to Survive 5

World Vision’s Child Health Now campaign calls on everyone to participant and join with other individuals and communities in more than 70 countries in this campaign to help children survive 5.

Join the Tweetathon

On May 5, Child Health Now will be running a 24 hour Tweetathon to share the Global Week of Action across the world. During the 24-hour period, 24 participants take an hour to 'host' and speak about their issues and how they are working to improve child health.

Follow the discussions and join the conversation using the hashtag #Survive5