Essay on Children's Health: The Key to the Future

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Children's Health: The Key to the Future
As human beings living together on the same planet, all countries have a global responsibility to be concerned with the health and safety of its inhabitants. Throughout history, many nations have faced domestic or international turmoil with economical and political crises that have led to poor health outcomes. Some developing regions of the world have faced greater disease process and higher mortality rates than economically more stable countries. In response to improving the overall health status of the world, the 191 United Nation members developed the Millennium Development Goals in 2000. The eight distinctive but interrelated goals can be accomplished to alleviate the world suffering such as
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According to the statistics, over seven million children under the age of five have died around the globe in 2010 (UNICEF, 2011). While nearly forty percent of these deaths occur before the age of one month, most of the children are afflicted with pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria or HIV/AIDS after the initial neonatal period of life (World Health Organization [WHO], 2011). Additionally, two thirds of the under-five mortality can be traced to treatable or avoidable health issues that can be remedied with proper basic health care (UNICEF, 2011). Due to the poor economical conditions and disease pandemics, the Sub-Saharan and Southern Asian regions have been sluggish in reaching their yearly goals that foreshadow their ultimate success for 2015. Much assistance is needed from international agencies to establish a reliable health care infrastructure and to coordinate resources to provide nutrition, basic health care and education to the women and children (United Nations Millennium Project, 2006).
The Millennium Development Goals are being monitored by the joint efforts of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). By using the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), UNICEF has been able to retrieve valuable quantitative data in many aspects of child and maternal health from all nations (United Nations Children’s Fund [UNICEF],…