5000 households won’t celebrate Diwali today

~ And 5000 more will mourn Children’s Day tomorrow. Around 5000 children under the age of 5 will die every day in India alone due to preventable diseases, unless action is taken on a war footing.~
Nov. 13, 2012 - PRLog -- As the sounds of crackers fill the air and the sights of Diwali light up the neighbourhood, at least 5000 households will be mourning the deaths of their children who will die today of mostly preventable diseases. And around 5000 more children under the age of 5 will die every day in India alone unless action is taken on a war footing.

Diarrhea, Pneumonia and Malnutrition are the major killers of children under 5. Apart from Children’s Day and Anganwadi Day this week in India, the world will also observe Toilet Day, Pneumonia Day and Day for Child Rights. These days are being observed, prayed for, deliberated and strategised over. The problem isn’t so much with the policies as it is with implementation.

“The Government of India has done a stellar job in envisioning an India fit for children but somehow that vision seems to lose clarity as it trickles down to the communities like the 5300 that we serve” said Dr Jayakumar Christian, CEO and National Director, World Vision India.

Partnering with the government and communities across 163 districts, World Vision India works to ensure that parents don’t have to bury their children before their 5th birthdays or that they don’t have to choose which of their children will live or die because they only have food or medicine for one.

Reflecting on the season and the days of observance this week, Mr Newton Isaac, Head, Child Health Now, World Vision India, said “The timing is perfect for us to observe this as a Global Week of Action for Child Health. We are challenging millions of people in India and around the world to raise their hands as a show of support to collaboratively help end preventable deaths under 5”.

As India battles malnutrition with almost every second child suffering from undernutrition and facing the potential long-term implications of not being able to achieve their full potential, it is essential that it supports and signs on to the SUN (Scaling Up Nutrition) movement to be accountable not just to the vulnerable women and children in India but also to the international community that it aspires to be a part of.


World Vision India is a Christian humanitarian organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families and communities living in poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, caste, race, ethnicity or gender.  Spread across 174 locations in India, World Vision works through long-term sustainable community development programmes and immediate disaster relief assistance.

For media queries or for more information about the Global Week of Action for Child Health, please do contact:
Pradeep Daniel, World Vision India
+91 99401 92290 |pradeep_daniel@wvi.org
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