MDG 4, babies and children, and why you should care

I’m going to get right to the point.

Being lucky enough to be born in a developed country is one of the most under-appreciated things… ever, really. Many of the problems we experience, legit or otherwise, would almost feel like a welcome break to those who live in conditions we have a hard time even imagining.

I think people throw the word privilege out way more than seems necessary, but you know what? There is most definitely such a thing as first world privilege. And it conveniently shields us from the plight experienced by those living in developing nations. Hell, this same mindset keeps us from realizing what’s going on in poorer communities in our own nation.

Millennium Development Goal 4

Millennium Development Goals

The aim of Millennium Development Goal 4 is to reduce childhood mortality. The goal for 2015 is a reduction in the number of preventable childhood deaths by 60%. This may seem like a lofty number, but guess what? Every day, approximately 18,000 children die from preventable causes. Yup. That includes preventable diseases and hunger — things that the vast majority of us in America don’t need to worry about, things that people like you and me can work together to help prevent.

Here’s a tear-jerking statistic: 80% of the children who die under the age of 5 are newborns, and in developing nations, the reason is often inadequate nutrition and lack of access to lifesaving healthcare for pregnant and nursing women, babies, and young children.

It’s heartbreaking. With three young sons of my own, I can only imagine the trials that pregnant women and new mothers in developing nations face.

Having a child die all while knowing that it could have been prevented, if only you had access to trained nurses, doctors, and midwives, the antibiotics and treatment your child so desperately needed, and if only there was enough food to keep your child healthy and strong… That is a situation no mother should have to suffer through.

But that’s the grim reality for so many parents around the world.

Let’s work together to change that, shall we?

The core message of the Millennium Development Goals is clear And the end goal is this: raise the quality of life of women and children everywhere by providing access to adequate healthcare, education, and nutrition.

How we can help

DonateSpread the word. Volunteer.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Save the Children, the globally renowned organization spearheading MDG 500 efforts, is rated a 4 out of 4 on Charity Navigator, in case you were wondering. 🙂

 

 

 

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Kristina Quinones

mama | blogger | photographer
I hail from the Hudson Valley, and I’m a photographer, mom, and customer service aficionado who also happens to be really into social media. I run the customer service side of things at a startup that’s all about social media and internet marketing, and I work from home (or from wherever I happen to be), which is prettttty sweet. I’m a big fan of cake (because who isn’t, right?), and pink is my favorite color.

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