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JOINT STATEMENT ON U.S. FUNDING FOR GLOBAL CHILD SURVIVAL AND MATERNAL HEALTH

JOINT STATEMENT ON U.S. FUNDING FOR GLOBAL CHILD SURVIVAL AND MATERNAL HEALTH

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This petition is in support of U.S. global child survival and maternal health funding. U.S. Fund for UNICEF CEO, Caryl Stern has been joined by the leadership of the American Red Cross, Save the Children USA, and World Vision USA in a powerful appeal to Congress to defend these essential programs that help us get to Zero.

We are asking our friends and supporters everywhere to add their names to their statement. We will use the statement and the petition in our advocacy with Senators and Representatives.

This petition is in support of U.S. global child survival and maternal health funding. U.S. Fund for UNICEF CEO, Caryl Stern has been joined by the leadership of the American Red Cross, Save the Children USA, and World Vision USA in a powerful appeal to Congress to defend these essential programs that help us get to Zero.

We are asking our friends and supporters everywhere to add their names to their statement. We will use the statement and the petition in our advocacy with Senators and Representatives.

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Published by: U.S. Fund for UNICEF on Apr 05, 2011
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JOINT STATEMENT ON U.S. FUNDING FORGLOBAL CHILD SURVIVAL AND MATERNAL HEALTH
As executives of U.S.-based nonprofit organizations that work in child survival anddevelopment, we are writing to urge you to support and defend global child survival andmaternal health funding. This is essential funding that saves and improves children’s lives.Reducing the federal debt is in our nation’s best interest. Yet proposed cuts to life-saving globalhealth programs are excessive. We ask you to oppose cuts to critical child health programs.U.S. federal funding for global health makes up less than one-half of one percent of the totalfederal budget. Yet for people in poor countries who benefit from U.S. health programs, fundingcuts could mean children go without polio and measles vaccines; babies forego nutritioussupplements that keep them alive in humanitarian disasters; mothers deliver their newbornswithout the assistance of skilled health workers; and children die from diarrhea, malaria, andpneumonia because they lack access to low-cost treatment that could save their lives.Our organizations receive private support from millions of Americans. They believe, as we do,that efforts by our organizations and the United States Government to save the lives of childrenand help families reflect America’s deepest values, and support America’s strongest interests.They understand that health is a foundation for peace, security, and development: wherefamilies lack basic health services, children suffer, breadwinners die, and communities unravel.With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, in particular its Child Survivaland Maternal Health account, and from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,our organizations work with host country partners to make a huge difference for children aroundthe world:
The Rotary Foundation’s partnership with the U.S. Government, UNICEF, and other organizations has led the world to the brink of eliminating polio;
The American Red Cross and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control led the internationalMeasles Initiative, that cut measles deaths worldwide by 78 percent between 2000 and2008;
Kiwanis International’s campaign to eliminate iodine deficiency helped implement saltiodization programs in 89 countries with support from the U.S. Agency for InternationalDevelopment (USAID), which will protect 80 million children this year alone from mentalretardation;
World Vision combines private funding from more than one million donors with U.S.Government programs to implement child-focused humanitarian, health, and nutritionprograms in nearly 100 countries around the world;
Save the Children implements both privately and publicly funded programs in 120 countriesto guarantee child survival, protection, and development.

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Read the joint statement from UNICEF, World Vision, American Red Cross and Save the Children on global child survival and maternal health. Sign the petition here: http://scr.bi/fqQVvO
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Read the joint statement from UNICEF, World Vision, American Red Cross and Save the Children on global child survival and maternal health. Sign the petition here: http://scr.bi/fqQVvO
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Read the joint statement from UNICEF, World Vision, American Red Cross and Save the Children on global child survival and maternal health. Sign the petition here: http://scr.bi/fqQVvO
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Kids don't understand budget cuts but they do understand being hungry, sick, and cold. Sign the pledge to keep the >0.5% funding for children in the federal budget here: http://volunteers.unicefusa.org/activ...

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