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Aruma, 14, lost his parents, his elder brother, and three younger siblings to Ebola. He’s one of more than 11,000 children in West Africa who have lost one or both parents to the Ebola virus. World Vision is helping provide for the needs of children like Aruma.
When Fiston Kengawe was just 14 months old, his grandmother took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with acute malnutrition. World Vision works to help children suffering from malnutrition but also trains and educates families how to better feed and care for children like Fiston.
Ending extreme poverty is only going to be possible if governments gathered for next week’s post-2015 meeting focus efforts on reaching all children, especially those living in war, fragility and instability, World Vision said Monday.
Leading international aid agencies warn that the world’s largest partnership for child immunization faces up to a $US 500 million funding shortfall for the next phase of its life-saving work.
World Vision is a part of a major initiative to bring an Ebola vaccine to help stem the devastating West Africa outbreak of the disease.
Richard Ewalu works at a health center in Uganda that is understaffed and often doesn’t have the basic medicines and supplies needed to treat suffering children and families. World Vision helps meet those needs.
Dr. Anne Peterson, a public health expert who recently returned from West Africa, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on gaps in the Ebola response and how local partners could better connect with the interfaith effort to stem the disease.