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Summary: This official review highlights the approaches, impact and lessons from Child Health Now, World Vision's first global advocacy campaign.
A six-year campaign launched in 2009, Child Health Now aimed to make a significant contribution to reducing the number of preventable deaths of children and their mothers. This marked the first time World Vision harnessed its capability for influence at all the levels where it works—village, municipal, district, national and global— towards a unified goal.
Offices in more than 70 countries took part in the campaign, including many facing high burdens of child and maternal mortality, along with coordinated advocacy and support from 15 high-income countries. Citizens across these countries engaged to influence decision makers at all levels.
An Impact Brief for the international advocacy campaign Child Health Now, highlighting a movement of grassroots Citizens' Hearings in African countries that successfully advocated for improving child and maternal health policies at the local and national levels.
Each year, 6.6 million children under age five lose their lives to preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and undernutrition. Most of these children are unseen and uncounted by official systems, bypassed by the health services that can save their lives. This report, released by Child Health Now for its May 2014 Global Week of Action to #Survive5, calls for commitments to count the estimated 230 million currently missed.
Child Health Now is World Vision's five-year global advocacy campaign active in nearly 50 countries, aiming to accelerate progress toward ending preventable child deaths. See http://www.wvi.org/GWA for more.
This report draws on the experience and observations of World Vision field staff working in a variety of countries and cultural contexts where girls are commonly married before they're fully physically or emotionally grown. The insights of these local and international humanitarian workers are here combined with the stories of individuals affected by the practice of early marriage.
News coverage generated by the report featured by: Reuters, AFP, US News & World Report, the International Herald Tribune, ABCNews.com and Essence Magazine, among other prominent news outlets.
The "Advocacy e-Lab” is an online, interactive curriculum designed to train development practitioners to incorporate advocacy strategies into their work. Launched in May 2014, it is an Australian Aid-supported project of World Vision International’s Middle East and Eastern Europe Region, which works with more than 1,500 communities across 14 countries.
Each module in this e-learning platform provides practical training and coaching tools, including case study review and analysis, multimedia presentations, tools and methodologies from experts and partners on incorporating advocacy into field work. grw:view llc provided content- and copy-editing for Module 4: Child and Youth Participation.
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What are P and D?
Pneumonia (P) and diarrhea (D) are the leading causes of death for children who survive their first month and haven’t yet reached their fifth birthdays. Those deaths happen mainly in poor households in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. P and D have several risk factors in common: poverty, undernutrition and poor hygiene.
No single intervention would eradicate either disease. But because these forgotten killers share so much in common, a set of overlapping interventions would tackle them both to a large degree — if only they were prioritized by health systems in the countries that need them most...[more]