Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Day of the African Child

Today, thousands of children around Africa are taking part in the Day of the African Child, petitioning their governments to work harder to boost child health and survival. According to UNICEF, one in seven children in sub-Saharan Africa dies before he or she reaches the age of five. Liberia has made a stride towards reversing this trend by eliminating health care fees in 2007. As a result, they have seen a significant reduction in the number of deaths of young children over the last few years. If more countries start following their example, the results would be well worth it.