UNV and MDG 4: Reduce Child Mortality
22 July 2005
rate among children under five
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will require the ingenuity, solidarity, and creativity of millions of ordinary people though voluntary action. Efforts on the part of national governments, supported by the international community, can only complement what ultimately will depend on the full involvement of people all over the world. Six billion people have something to contribute. Recognizing this fact is the first step on the road towards harnessing this vast resource in a global effort to meet the MDG targets.
Every year, nearly 11 million children die before their fifth birthday, well over 1,200 every hour of every day. Virtually all of the fatalities (99 per cent) occur in poor countries, mainly from easily preventable or treatable illnesses. Working primarily at local level with a range of development partners, the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme supports activities aimed at the successful promotion of public health care policy, strengthening institutional capacity for effective service delivery, fostering community participation and ownership, and raising awareness on critical health issues.
UNV’s work in advocating volunteerism focuses on the promotion, recognition, facilitation and networking of volunteer action, including:
Through individual volunteers, the UN Volunteers programme
Through volunteer-involving organizations (VIOs), the UN Volunteers programme
Through volunteer networks, the UN Volunteers programme