Saving the Lives of 16 Million: 6 Photos That Will Make You Smile

This post originally appeared on the UN Foundation’s website here. Reposted with permission.

Child and maternal mortality numbers both have dropped nearly 50 percent since 1990, but every day, more than 18,000 children under the age of 5 die from mostly preventable causes and nearly 800 women die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.

The good news is that we have the tools – the vaccines, supplies, knowledge, and methods – to stop most of these deaths. The world’s challenge and responsibility is getting solutions to the people who need them most.

In 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Every Woman Every Child movement to rally and coordinate global action to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015. The United Nations Foundation answered this call to action by committing, with partners, $400 million over five years to improve women’s and children’s health. To date, our work has been more than on pace: By the end of this year, we will have disbursed approximately $250 million to support maternal, newborn, and children’s health programs.

Here are a few of the ways the UN Foundation is working with partners to save lives.

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