Around the world, 27–30,000 children die every day.
That is equivalent to:
- 1 child dying every 3 seconds
- 20 children dying every minute
- A 2004 Asian Tsunami occurring almost every week
- An Iraq-scale death toll every 15–35 days
- 10–11 million children dying every year
- Over 50 million children dying between 2000 and 2005
The silent killers are poverty, hunger, easily preventable diseases and illnesses, and other related causes. In spite of the scale of this daily/ongoing catastrophe, it rarely manages to achieve, much less sustain, prime-time, headline coverage.
Anup Shah, Today, over 27,000 children died around the world, GlobalIssues.org, Created: Sunday, May 06, 2007
Large numbers are always hard to put into perspective. I've used this website in the past to compare the cost of universal education to the amount spent on cosmetics, etc.
The G8 is getting ready to meet again and they/we must be held accountable for letting this atrocity continue. Governments and organizations have made promises, some have followed through, while others are completely slacking off and not living up to even simple promises.
DATA provides some great information about the failure of governments to fulfill their promises and outlines some new information:
Bono, Bob Geldof, Herbert Grönemeyer, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) call for an "emergency session on G8 promises to Africa and credibility" and outline:DATA's press release also highlights some great news:
- new evidence that effective aid works in Africa
- alarming new data about low levels of forthcoming aid
- a new path for G8 countries to avoid a crisis of credibility and keep their commitments
The DATA Report 2007 demonstrates that aid is effective in poor countries and improving the lives of millions of people. Because of assistance to global health programs, every day 1,450 Africans living with AIDS are put on life-saving medications. Due in part to debt cancellation and increased aid, 20 million more African children are going to school for the first time in their lives.
Visit ONE to find out how you can take action on this crisis.
Also visit this interesting website for an interactive approach.
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