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Health and Hygiene

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02/21/2008Aid agency welcomes U.S. effort to combat tropical diseases
06/28/2007Partnerships Key to Zambia's Malaria Fight, Mrs. Laura Bush Says

The Need
Today, nearly 27,000 children under age 5 will die from preventable or treatable causes that means an estimated 9.7 million children in this age group will die this year. And the vast majority of all child deaths occur in developing countries.

There may be cures for their conditions, but they don’t have access to the necessary medication, treatment, or immunizations. Their parents may lack basic knowledge of nutrition, hygiene and health care. And their governments don’t have the resources to provide adequate health programs.
When children aren’t healthy, they can’t attend school or focus on their future.
When children aren’t healthy, they can’t attend school or focus on their future.
When parents aren’t healthy, they can’t provide for their families’ needs. And when children aren’t healthy, they can’t attend school or focus on their future.

Fast Facts
270 million children have no access to health care services. Source: UNICEF State of the World's Children 2005
Millions of infants are not immunized with critical vaccines that cost about $1. Source: WHO Global Immunization Vision and Strategy 2006-2015
Each year, more than 250,000 young children lose their sight due to a lack of vitamin A in their diets. Source: UNICEF State of the World's Children 2006

World Vision’s Response
World Vision helps bring medical care and increased understanding of health, nutrition and hygiene to children and families in need through:

Emergency medical care
    Health clinics and therapeutic feeding centers—In 2006, World Vision teams worldwide helped survivors of 80 disasters and humanitarian crises. Emergency clinics enable staff to care for critical health needs.

    Medical supplies—World Vision helps facilitate emergency care by providing hospitals and clinics with top-quality medicines, equipment and supplies.

    Health care—World Vision trains birth attendants and health workers in rural communities where people might not otherwise have access to health care.

    Hygiene—Community programs teach the importance of personal hygiene in preventing disease.

    Nutrition—World Vision volunteers and staff train parents on the critical role that proper nutrients play in the diets of growing children.

Access to health resources
    Immunization and early childhood careWorld Vision provides children around the world with vaccines, vitamin A, and nutritional supplements and supports mothers through pregnancy and childbirth.

    Health clinicsWorld Vision works to ensure access to health care for people in impoverished countries like Romania, where years of oppressive leadership drained the country of medical professionals.

    Preventive careWorld Vision focuses on the prevention of childhood diseases through prenatal care and well-child care programs in countries worldwide.

    Hygiene suppliesFamilies in need are given essential supplies like soap, shampoo and toothpaste to help stave off serious diseases.

    AdvocacyWorld Vision works at global and national levels to achieve policy improvements for health reform.

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Who Is World Vision?

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

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