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In pictures: Parents learn better practices to save children's lives

  •  7,600,000 children under the age of 5 die every year, more than 70% of them in Africa and Southeast Asia.

    7,600,000 children under the age of 5 die every year, more than 70% of them in Africa and Southeast Asia.

  • Two-thirds of these deaths are caused by preventable diseases.

    Two-thirds of these deaths are caused by preventable diseases.

  • Children from rural areas and poor, less educated families are most likely to succumb to illness and death.

    Children from rural areas and poor, less educated families are most likely to succumb to illness and death.

  • Plan works to raise awareness among parents about nutrition, breastfeeding and better practices to keep children healthy and happy.

    Plan works to raise awareness among parents about nutrition, breastfeeding and better practices to keep children healthy and happy.

  • Many parents do not know the dangers of smoking around their children or while pregnant.

    Many parents do not know the dangers of smoking around their children or while pregnant.

  • Plan has supported the training of midwives and raises awareness among mothers and families about the importance of prenatal care...

    Plan has supported the training of midwives and raises awareness among mothers and families about the importance of prenatal care...

  • ...and the importance of safe delivery in a health facility.

    ...and the importance of safe delivery in a health facility.

  • Parents also learn how to check for healthy development...

    Parents also learn how to check for healthy development...

  • ...and to seek professional help when their children are sick instead of resorting to spiritual or religious offerings.

    ...and to seek professional help when their children are sick instead of resorting to spiritual or religious offerings.

7 August: With only 3 years until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals*, the lives of the poor have improved markedly in some ways: a recent World Bank assessment found that targets related to extreme poverty and access to safe water have been reached, while there have been strides in education.

However, a couple of health-related goals – to save more lives of mothers and children – remain significantly off-track.

These children – from rural areas and poor, less educated families – are among those most likely to succumb to illness and death.

Teaming up with local NGOs and health workers, Plan helps raise awareness among parents and caregivers about nutrition and better practices to keep their children healthy, happy and alive.

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