20 million voices call for zero child deaths

Were you among the 20 million people who pledged to make sure world leaders stop at nothing to end preventable child deaths?

This May, over 20 million people from more than 70 countries joined our Child Health Now campaign calling on world leaders to stop at nothing to get to zero preventable child deaths and zero violence against children.

Among those who added their voice to this call were:

  • 13.2 million people in Bangladesh (8.4% of the population) taking part in local-level awareness events;
  • 73,000 people in Nepal campaigning in the midst of earthquake recovery efforts; and
  • thousands of faith leaders around the world – particularly priests and imams – promoting the stop at nothing message.

The campaign video: What Happen's Next? has been viewed more than 300,000 times and promoted by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

What happens next?

An innocent girl playing or something darker? Imagine this scenario happening 17,000 times. A day. What happens next? This is up to you. https://www.wvi.org/gwa #Stopatnothing

Citizen hearings were held in more than 30 countries where people discussed health issues with government officials, sharing real insights into what needs to be done at the community level to improve maternal, newborn and child health.

The participation of so many people sends a clear message to leaders that they must listen to the voices of their citizens and focus on the most vulnerable children.

We will use this momentum to continue to push for zero child deaths as global leaders work on the new Sustainable Development Goals that will form the basis of international development work for the next 15 years.

The next stage of the campaign will see us following up with influencers and policy makers, including those attending inter-governmental negotiations in New York on the post-2015 development agenda.

Thanks to those of you who have joined the campaign to date and made this result and impact possible. Let’s continue to #stopatnothing to keep child health on the world’s agenda.

  • Watch and share the campaign video with the hashtag #stopatnothing
  • Follow the Child Health Now campaign on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.