Goal #4 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) calls on each
country to reduce child mortality by two/thirds from 1990 levels by
2015. A recent study published in the British medial journal Lancet
estimated that 7.7 million children under age 5 will lose their
lives in 2010, most from preventable diseases.
It is clear that the lives of children around the world are often
not sufficiently valued and their basic needs for health care, clean
water, education, nutrition, and an environment free from violence
Over 200 million children under age 5 do not have access to
lifesaving health care to prevent and treat diseases including
malaria, infection, diarrhea and pneumonia.
Nearly 1 million newborns will die in the first minute after birth
simply because they cannot take their first breath. This “golden
minute” is the most dangerous time in any person’s life. Birth
asphyxia kills more children than malaria and nearly five times more
than HIV/AIDS. Stillborn deaths also account for the heartbreaking
loss of 26,000 lives a year in the USA; everyday 70 American women
deliver a child who died in the womb.
While global efforts to reduce child mortality are underway,
pro-abortion activists seek to legalize abortion—the destruction of
infants. The current global loss of children’s lives from the
violence of abortion is staggering and exceeds all other causes of
child mortality. Abortion is child mortality.
PNCI supports policies to provide simple resuscitators in low
resource areas to save the lives of newborns and advocates for
life-saving measures to unborn children’s lives including prenatal
care and skilled assistance during birth. PNCI believes that the
laws and public health policies of governments need to be responsive
to and inclusive of unborn children as the “youngest patients” who
deserve medical intervention and treatment while yet in the womb.
PNCI promotes access to health care for children and their mothers
including antibiotics, immunizations for communicable disease,
prevention and treatment of malaria, treatment of pneumonia and oral
rehydration for diarrheal disease and recognizes the need for clean
water, sanitation and economic opportunities and educational
training for mothers so they can meet the basic needs of their
children and help them survive childhood.
Count the Kicks
Awareness campaign dedicated to educating expectant parents about
the importance of counting their babies movements daily during the
Helping Babies Breathe
Provides information for resource-limited circumstances to help
reduce the death of newborns from birth asphyxia
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Details new study on child mortality showing improvement in reducing