Join Me in Helping a Child Thrive

Join Me in Helping a Child Thrive

{Photo credit: Rui Pires. Uganda.}Photo credit: Rui Pires. Uganda.

The world needs more girls like "Alana".

Alana is one of the "lucky" ones. Just five years ago in Uganda, a child had more than a 1 in 10 chance of dying before she reached her fifth birthday. Today the odds have improved slightly, but Uganda remains among the top countries with some of the highest rates of death for children under-five. As the father of three daughters myself, I simply can’t accept that a child’s chance of surviving depends upon where in the world she happens to have been born.

When I see a photo like this, of a bright-eyed girl from a village in Uganda accessing the health care she needs and getting well, I’m reminded why Management Sciences for Health (MSH) works every day to further our vision of a world where everyone has the opportunity for a healthy life.

We’ve come a long way: we’ve reduced child mortality by nearly 70 percent in just 50 years. But a child born in a low-income country is still 18 times more likely to die before the age of five than a child born in a wealthy country.

The tragedy is that we already know how to prevent most child deaths through low-cost, high-impact interventions.

That’s the reality that we are working to change.

Will you join me in helping a child thrive? In honor of your own son or daughter, niece, nephew, or grandchild, consider making a donation today.

I want to share just three stories of how MSH is reaching the poorest and most vulnerable–and helping save lives.

  • In Uganda, we work to make sure mothers have access to the essential medicines needed to ensure children have a better shot at living a healthy life. Women in rural areas of Africa often turn first to private sector drug sellers for advice and medicine. We train these drug sellers–often mothers themselves–to diagnose and treat common illnesses–malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia–that put children’s lives at risk. The drug sellers also learn how to recognize serious cases that need to be referred for treatment at a health facility.

  • In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, child malnutrition is a leading cause of death—and poor understanding that exclusive breastfeeding is best for the first six months is often a root cause. To address this, MSH supports community health workers to reach out to new mothers and create mothers support groups.  Working with these frontline health workers, mothers talk about their beliefs about the feeding of infants and are supported in making healthier choices for their babies.

  • In Afghanistan, the odds of a child living to his or her fifth birthday has increased dramatically, due in part to a combination of close-to-home interventions targeting mothers. MSH supports over 20,000 trained community health workers that serve nearly 45 percent of the country’s children. Community health workers visit villages and households, teaching mothers how to care for common child illnesses, such as treating diarrhea with oral rehydration salts and zinc.

These programs work.

We are seeing results every day among the poorest and most vulnerable: in the healthy children—and the smiles that light up their faces.

Won’t you join me today in supporting our vision of a world where everyone has the opportunity for a healthy life?  

Every dollar makes a difference. In honor of your own son or daughter, niece, nephew, or grandchild, please, donate today.

Thank you for all that you do!

MSH has a long tradition of smart and effective financial stewardship. Gifts made to MSH represent a donation to our entire mission. We will use your donation where it will do the most good, by pooling it with the donations of others to support MSH. And, because you are helping MSH save lives and improve health, your gift is tax-deductible.