• Give children a healthy start by providing pregnant mothers with quality prenatal care and nutrition during pregnancy.
  • Ensure newborns have a safe delivery, the ability to breathe during the first crucial moments of life, and proper nourishment.
  • Ensure babies are sheltered, breastfed, kept warm and shielded from diseases like HIV.
  • Protect children from infectious diseases like malaria and pneumonia with bed nets, vaccines, and antibiotics.

The good news is that every year, thanks to these interventions, more children are growing up healthy and well-nourished. Twenty years ago, more than 12 million children under five died from preventable causes. Now that number has been cut down to 6.9 million.

We have come a long way! However, if life beyond five is to be a reality for every child, we need more investment. More focus on the mostvulnerable children. We still have work to do.

World Vision asks you to join “Beyond 5” to help make this happen.

We need children, young people, mothers, fathers, churches, and communities to take action, to call on Congress and the President to ensure children are alive and healthy to celebrate their fifth birthday, and to go beyond that milestone into a healthy, happy life.

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