2010 Annual Report| U.S. Fund or UNICEF
The ght or child survival takes place every day — in remote villages and inbustling cities, in peaceul areas and in regions wracked by war, in placesreachable by train or car and on terrain passable only by camel or donkey. Itis a ght won painstakingly, child by child, vaccine by vaccine, mosquito netby mosquito net. And it is a ght in which success is oten measured by whatdoesn’t happen — by what is
In the last year, the generosity o our supporters has helped UNICEF combat — andprevent — the death and suering o children all over the globe. Ater Haiti’s colossalearthquake in January claimed more than 220,000 lives, the immediate compassionshown by U.S. donors enabled UNICEF and its partners to act when it mattered mostand to provide a critical lieline to survivors. As a result, a second wave o deaths — in theorm o disease and malnutrition — was averted in the months ollowing the disaster.In many other countries — rom Sudan to Guatemala, rom Kyrgyzstan to Vietnam— your support made it possible or UNICEF to provide immunizations, health care,improved nutrition, clean water, protection, and education or millions o vulnerablechildren and their amilies. The impact o these eorts is proound. UNICEF recentlyannounced that the number o children under age ve dying each day has droppedyet again, rom 24,000 to 22,000. This means that since 1990 — when 34,000 diedevery day — UNICEF and its partners have helped cut the global child mortality rate byone third.Despite this undeniable progress, UNICEF has ound that a child mortality gap is actuallygrowing between the world’s poorest children and those rom well-o amilies. Thisemerging disparity needs immediate attention, and while continuing its work o savingall children rom preventable deaths, UNICEF is now redoubling eorts to reach themost marginalized and the most remote. This approach could potentially prevent 60percent more child deaths. With your ongoing support, we can save even more younglives each year and protect more promising utures.
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1990 1994 1997 2001 2004 2010
Number of child deaths per day, 1990–2010
Fighting or Every Child