The State of Childrenâ€™s Health
Itâ€™s a startling fact: More than 18,000 children under the age of 5 will die today-3/4 of those deaths from preventable illnesses and diseases. www.socialworkdegreecenter.com has created an infographic entitled â€śThe State of Childrenâ€™s Healthâ€ť, detailing the current picture of childrenâ€™s health around the world.
From the beginning, itâ€™s important to take care of our childrenâ€™s health. 8.1% of children are born with a low birth rate in the United States, compared to 16% of children born underweight worldwide-96% of those in developing countries.
6.6 million children under the age of 5 died in 2012. Half of these deaths could have been prevented. 75% of these deaths are caused by one of the following things: Poor neonatal health, Pneumonia, Diarrhea, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, and Measles.
The United States is definitely not at the top of the list for child health, however, their numbers are impressive. 8 out of 10 U.S. children are considered to be in â€śVery goodâ€ť or â€śExcellentâ€ť health. That doesnâ€™t mean that the United States is out of the woods. Every day 4 children are killed by abuse, 5 children/teens commit suicide, and 7 children/teens are killed by firearms. 67 babies die before their first birthday-every day. 914 babies are born to teen mothers, 1,208 are born without insurance, and 2,712 are born into poverty.
The three countries that topped the list for childrenâ€™sâ€™ heath were: 1. Netherlands, 2. Finland, and 3. Norway.
Projects like the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, Roll Back Malaria, and Stop TB have all taken steps to help decrease infant mortality rates across the globe.
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