Compassion International's health and medical interventions were designed to address imminent health crises. Medical Interventions Fact Sheet

Medical Interventions Fact Sheet

Health and Medical Interventions Fact Sheet
What is it?

In the developing countries where Compassion works, life-threatening illnesses and emergencies have the potential to thwart or completely derail a child’s healthy development and chances for a bright future.

A doctor listens to a baby's breathing with a stethoscope

Compassion’s health and medical interventions were designed to address imminent health crises to ensure that children continue to progress along Compassion’s holistic child development path.

Key Statistics
  • More than 70 per cent of almost 11 million child deaths every year are attributable to six causes: diarrhea, malaria, neonatal infection, pneumonia, pre-term delivery or lack of oxygen at birth. These deaths occur mainly in the developing world. 1
  • Two-thirds of child deaths are preventable through practical, low-cost interventions, such as immunizations – one of the most cost-effective, poverty-reducing public health interventions to date. Yet, in 2013, 21.8 million children under age 1 worldwide had not received the three recommended doses of vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3). Of these children, 75 percent live in 15 of the world’s poorest countries. 2,3
  • Pneumonia and diarrhea remain the leading causes of death in children under 5, killing 4,200 children a day in 2013. Seventy percent of deaths attributable to these two occur in 15 of the world’s poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. 4
  • In 2013, malaria led to 584,000 deaths, of which 78 percent were children under 5. Sleeping under insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) on a regular basis is one of the most effective ways to prevent malaria transmission and reduce malaria related deaths. 5
  • In 2013, the number of children under age 15 living with HIV was 3.2 million, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. The majority acquired HIV from their infected mothers during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding. However, interventions, such as antiretroviral therapy (ART), could reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmissions to 2 percent. 6
Our Strategy

A child’s welfare is directly related to his or her family’s condition. Therefore, Compassion’s health and medical interventions serve children registered in Compassion programs as well as their families.

From help with severe medical issues like cancer, heart disease and traumatic injury, to immunizations and nutrition that help ward off disease and infection, Compassion’s health and medical services are timely, targeted and life saving.

medical personnel administer meningitis vaccinations in Burkina Faso

Compassion’s health and medical interventions provide:

  • HIV/AIDS education, prevention, treatment, nutrition and support
  • Malaria education and prevention, including distribution of mosquito nets
  • Medical assistance for emergency medical needs or a procedure a family cannot afford
  • Immunizations
  • Trauma counseling in cases of abuse and violence
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1 UNICEF, Millennium Development Goals, 2015
2 World Health Organizations, What are the key health dangers for children?, 2012
3 UNICEF, Child Health: Immunization Fact Sheet, 2015
4 UNICEF, Child Health: Pneumonia Fact Sheet, 2015
5 UNICEF, Child Health: Malaria Fact Sheet, 2015
6 World Health Organization (WHO), Treatment of children living with HIV, 2015

U.S. Media Contacts

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