“Global Week of Action” for child health

+80 Countries take action

29 NOVEMBER 2012 | WORLDWIDE – Some two million people in more than 80 countries took over 2.55 million actions to show leaders that they want all children to survive their fifth birthday. Actions varied from blogging, recording video messages and tweeting, were all crucial in promoting the campaign.

World Vision has produced a video, photo album and report to give a 'snapshot' to reflect the diversity of the 935 events which took place. A quick way to get an overview is to watch the short 2-minute World Vision Video on Youtube:

Some highlights from the week include:

  • More than 935 public events were organised by over 70 World Vision offices and attended by 1.8 million people, with over 775,000 ranging from concerts, community meetings, policy dialogues to church services. Find them on the Photowall on www.childhealthnow.org
  • A wide variety of influential figures gave their support to the campaign including leaders, actors, musicians, CEOs and sportsmen. These included: His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho, President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III of the Philippines and Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization. Find the complete list at: http://www.childhealthnow.org/gwa/change-makers
  • More than 20 organisations officially partnered to support Global Week of Action: http://www.childhealthnow.org/partners
  • More than 8 million people saw Child Health Now messages and at least 40 million were reached through traditional media.

What's next?

World Vision offices around the world are organising 'hand-ins' to their political leaders, including the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, to ensure that decision-makers clearly understand the breadth of public support for accelerated action on maternal and child health. Leaders will receive a copy of this 'photo album' to visibly show this popular mobilisation as well as campaign demands tailored to their national context.