Wednesday, May 7, 2008

200 million kids in peril!


GOOD MORNING FLINT! BY Terry Bankert 5/8/08 early edition
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REFLECTION: Here most often I just look at that which I want to learn more about and share it. How horrible the plight of the worlds children. What policies could our country have or change to lessen the horrible consequences when poor children do not have health care.[trb]

WHEN 200 MILLION CHILDREN GET SICK WHAT DO WE DO, WHO DO WE CALL ? A new report from leading world charity Save the Children shows that more than 200 million children under 5 don't have access to life saving healthcare such as pre-natal care, skilled help at birth, immunizations, and treatment for pneumonia and diarrhea. This is the first time such a report has shown the number of children worldwide that are missing out on basic health services.[m] What are we as a people if we do not care about the lives of small children in our communities and around the world.[trb] "A child's chance of reaching its fifth birthday should not depend on the country or community where it is born."[v]

TREATABLE AILMENTS ARE KILLING KIDS...BY THE MILLIONS More than 200 million children worldwide under age 5 do not get basic health care, leading to nearly 10 million deaths annually from treatable ailments like diarrhea and pneumonia, a U.S.-based charity said Wednesday.[ap] Nearly all of the deaths occur in the developing world, with poor children facing twice the risk of dying compared to richer children, according to Save the Children's global report.[ap] If we would spend a month of our defense spending on children health care how many young lives would be saved.[trb]

COLD WEATHER THE SAFEST FOR KIDS Sweden, Norway and Iceland top the ranking in terms of well-being for mothers and children in 146 countries surveyed, while Nigeria ranks last.[ap] Eight out of 10 bottom-ranked countries are in sub-Saharan Africa, where four out of five mothers are likely to lose a child in their lifetime, Save the Children said.[ap]

THE WARM PLACES ARE THE WORST FOR KIDS. The top three among the 55 developing countries ranked in the survey are the Philippines, Peru and South Africa — all surveyed for the first time. Indonesia and Turkmenistan tied for fourth.[ap] Laos, Yemen, Chad, Somalia and Ethiopia were found doing the worst among developing countries, the report said.[ap] Through a number of health initiatives, including access to oral dehydration to treat diarrhea, the Philippines has nearly cut its child death rate in half since 1990, said David Oot, Save the Children's associate vice president.[ap] Today, more than 75 percent of Filipino children with diarrhea receive dehydration therapy, compared with 15 percent of Ethiopian children, he said.[ap]

KIDS NOT ARE GETTING BASIC HEALTH CARE An alarming number of countries are failing to provide the most basic health services that would save lives, with 30 percent of children in developing countries not getting basic health intervention such as prenatal care, skilled assistance during birth, immunizations and treatment for diarrhea and pneumonia.[ap] Also, because they can not afford the cost, many families put off treatment for a child until they have no choice.[V] "There is reluctance to seek professional care in a clinic because they are looking at how much it would cost just to get to the clinic," she said. "And then once they get there people will be asking them for money to be able to treat their children. So it's usually when you can really tell that the child is very, severely ill and near death. That's when they usually get enough motivation to bring the child to a health center."[V]

CLASS OR WEALTH DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Now that an obvious conclusion, but should we accept it. [trb] Wide disparities in health care for the poorest and best-off children are seen even in the highest-ranked countries, the report said.[ap] In the Philippines and Peru, for example, the poorest children are 3.2 times more likely to go without essential health care than their best-off counterparts.[ap] The poorest Peruvian children are 7.4 times more likely to die than their richest counterparts, while the chances are 3.2 times higher for poor Filipino children.[ap] In Latin America, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru have some of the world's widest survival gaps between rich and poor children. In Asia, large disparities also exist in India and Indonesia.[ap] Over 53% children in India under five years - that is, 67 million - live without basic healthcare facilities.[v]

KIDS NEED PREVENTIVE SERVICES Sison says one of the biggest risks for the poor is not being able to get preventive services such as immunization and proper nutrition. In addition, many people do not recognize when a symptom, such as a fever or a cough, indicates severe disease, so they may not get treatment until an illness is advanced.[V]

THE COST MAY BE LOW Use of existing, low-cost tools and knowledge could save more than 6 million of the 9.7 million children who die yearly from easily preventable or curable causes, the report said.[ap] They include antibiotics that cost less than $0.30 to treat pneumonia, the top killer of children under 5, and oral dehydration therapy — a simple solution of salt, sugar and potassium — for diarrhea, the second top killer. [ap]

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[ap] AP [V] Voice of America
[M] Medical News Today
[t] Times of India 53960


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