Save the Children Canada

Save the Children Canada

September 11, 2009 13:34 ET

Save the Children Outraged at Global Indifference to Child Deaths

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2009) - Today UNICEF released the most recent statistics on child deaths around the world. The under-five mortality rate was 65 deaths per 1000 live births in 2008.

These figures are deeply alarming. They show that the world is making pitifully slow progress on its promise to save children's lives.

David Morley, President and CEO of Save the Children Canada, said:

"The scandal is that we know what health and nutrition measures are needed to keep children alive and help them thrive and develop."

"But governments are failing to provide the leadership and resources to make this happen. No major technological breakthrough is needed: we just need to apply the proven remedies with much greater urgency."

"Millions of children are dying because they are poor, forgotten or just unlucky enough to be born in the wrong place. Every one of these children deserves the same chance to live. With a massive global campaign behind this issue, it's a fight we can win."

Note to Editors: Save the Children is the world's largest independent organization for children's rights, with programs in over 120 countries around the world. Save the Children is also one of the world's oldest non-governmental organizations, having celebrated its 90th birthday this year.

Interviews with Save the Children spokespeople are available.

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