In order to break the cycle of poverty and begin the cycle of progress, children and families must first be healthy. And while global progress has been made in some areas of health, millions of lives continue to be at risk, particularly in the most marginalized places where Plan works.
- Nearly 17,000 children under age five die every day, and 83% of these deaths are caused by infectious, neonatal or nutritional diseases.
- More than 99 million children under five are underweight and undernourished.
- There are 100,000 patients for every physician in Tanzania, compared to 456 patients for every physician in Canada.
- An estimated 748 million people still did not use an improved source of drinking water in 2012.
- 2.5 billion people still do not have access to proper sanitation, including latrines and toilets.
- Each year, more than 840,000 people die as a result of unsafe drinking water and improper sanitation and hygiene.
- In 2013, approximately 1.5 million adults and children died prematurely as a result of HIV and AIDS.
- There are approximately 3.2 million children under 15 years old living with HIV.
- To meet global needs over the next 20 years, 40-50 million new health care workers will need to be trained and deployed.
But with your support, this is going to change.
Because of your support of Plan’s Health project, you are helping children and families to have a chance at a better life and a better future.