From our work in the field World Vision knows that international aid and development saves and transforms lives. For example, 20 years ago more than 12 million children died every year from preventable causes. In 2010, less than 8 million children died from preventable causes. This is a 36 percent reduction in child deaths and aid has played a big part in this progress.
From a World Vision Australia perspective, in 2010 the organisation supported almost 900 projects in 61 countries around the world. In one community in India where World Vision works, the immunisation rate of infants has increased from 28.7 percent in 2002 to 76.2 percent in 2010; 75 percent of households have toilets; and diarrhoea in children under five has virtually quartered.
In 2010 World Vision Australia also assisted approximately 3.2 million people through our responses to humanitarian emergences including the Haiti earthquake, the Pakistan floods and thefood crisis in Niger.
It is also in Australia's best interests to promote growth and stability in our region. By supporting long-term sustainable programs in developing countries Australians are supporting people to become self-reliant citizens contributing to the growth of their own communities and the overall stability of the global economy.