Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Group Supports Childhood Well-Being

From Greater Good seeks to prevent and treat childhood illness and disease, and address other issues related to children's health and well-being, including poverty and malnutrition. Existing programs being funded include:
  • Distribution of Vitamin A to strengthen young immune systems and improve resistance to common childhood diseases. Vitamin A supplementation also prevents as many as 400,000 cases of childhood blindness each year.
  • Administration of oral re-hydration formula to children with severe dehydration, a serious killer of children under five worldwide, with 1.5 billion episodes of diarrhea and four million associated deaths each year.
  • Provision of prosthesis to enable child amputees to walk and lead active childhoods. According to The No More Landmines Trust, each year at least 20,000 civilians are killed or injured by exploding landmines. It is estimated that 30 to 40 percent of all landmine victims are under age 15.
  • Restoration of lost eyesight through simple surgeries that reverse blindness caused by cataracts and trachoma. Approximately 500,000 children become blind each year. VISION 20/20 states that once becoming blind, up to 60 percent of children in low income countries are likely to die within one year.
  • Testing of pregnant mothers for HIV as a step toward preventing mother-to-child transmission of the AIDS virus. Every day, 1,500 children are infected with HIV worldwide.

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