Globally, pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria remain among the leading causes of death among children under age 5 – accounting for almost a third of global under-five deaths. But these early child deaths are preventable or can be treated with simple, affordable interventions including immunisation, adequate nutrition, safe water and food and appropriate care by a trained health provider when needed.
And everyday thousands of women die needlessly in pregnancy and childbirth and people living with HIV who need treatment don’t get the medicines they need.
Poorer communities are most at risk of food shortage, lack of drinking water, and of a proper sanitation system. They are more likely to become ill.
We work with communities to build facilities and strengthen health systems that focus on integrated services for children, adolescents and women of reproductive age – focusing on health, nutrition, early childhood development, HIV and AIDS, and water, sanitation and hygiene.