We have the power to end preventable child deaths in a generation.
UNICEF and the United States helped to cut the number of under-five child deaths from 12 million a year in 1990, to 7.6 million today. However, we cannot forget the chilling fact that approximately 19,000 children still die every day from preventable causes. Half are children under one year of age. Pneumonia and diarrhea alone account for a third of all child deaths; malnutrition plays a role in a third of child deaths.
We believe that number should be ZERO!
Getting to ZERO involves everyone pitching in, including the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government's annual contribution to UNICEF is part of America's global investment in children. This funding enables UNICEF to partner with the United States to save and improve the lives of children around the world.
Take action today: Send a letter to your representative urging the continued support for UNICEF's child survival programs.
I am writing to ask you to maintain $132 million for Fiscal Year 2013 as the U.S. Government's voluntary contribution to UNICEF, included in the International Organizations and Programs Account of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations.
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The U.S. Government's support for UNICEF is an effective investment in saving and improving the lives of vulnerable children around the world, and is an example of assistance that reflects our American values.
Since its founding in 1947, UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any humanitarian organization. Thanks to strong, bipartisan House and Senate support for UNICEF and for child survival, the number of children dying before age five from preventable causes has dropped by more than half since 1960. However, 7.6 million children still die every year unnecessarily, and UNICEF continues to work to reach every single vulnerable child.
The funding UNICEF receives in the annual appropriations enables UNICEF to be an indispensable partner of the United States in saving children from preventable deaths, supporting basic education, fighting the impact of HIV/AIDS on children, and protecting children from violence, exploitation, and abuse. The contribution also enables UNICEF to partner with American service organizations such as Kiwanis International to fight iodine deficiency disorders and maternal and neonatal tetanus, and Rotary International to work for the global eradication of polio. These are examples of successful initiatives that are strongly supported by the American people.
The U.S. contribution to UNICEF is one of the most worthwhile global investments in children we can make, so I encourage you to support $132 million for UNICEF in the appropriations for FY 2013, the amount provided in FY 2012.
Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to hearing from you.
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