Every 3 Seconds, a Child Under Age 5 Dies

In the developing world, 24,000 children under age 5 die every day from preventable diseases — most within the first days of their life. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Every 3 Seconds, a Child Under Age 5 Dies

  |   Posted: August 30, 2011

Isaac and his mother receive benefits from the Child Survival Program in Uganda.
Isaac's fragile body could no longer fight the hunger and malnutrition without desperate intervention - Isaac received the aid he needed through Compassion's Child Survival Program and his mother no longer worries about losing her child to poverty.

In the developing world, 24,000 children under age 5 die every day from preventable diseases — most within the first days of their life. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

With Compassion’s Child Survival Program, we are able to rescue babies and give mothers in need around the world the means to raise their little ones.

When we met 11-month-old Isaac, he was severely malnourished and suffered from a high fever, diarrhea — and malaria. His mother worried every day that her young son would soon die.

Fortunately, a Compassion staff member identified Isaac and his mom as strong candidates for the Child Survival Program. Isaac’s mother was directed to a medical center where her baby received the treatment that saved his life.

Now, Isaac is healthy and vibrant. In the Child Survival Program, Isaac receives nutritious food supplements, immunizations and ongoing health care — and his mother receives training, education and confidence to raise her child happy and healthy.

The first years of a child’s life are the most critical. Through Compassion’s Child Survival Program, poor families around the world are receiving the help they need to survive — and thrive.

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