What We Do

Child Mortality Control

We have one of the largest epidemiological databases on child mortality in East Africa. We have followed over 39,000 children for over 25 years. We are working closely with communities to reduce infant deaths and improve the quality of life for their children. This includes comprehensive primary care. Primary care without basic medical care will not work and we built three new health clinics among the Maasai in 2004.

Between them, they will see over 30,000 patients in 2005.

We continue to improve quality of life for children on the knife-edge of starvation. In 2005 we launch a nutritional programme for newborn children at risk.

  • Every 3.6 seconds another person dies of starvation, 3 out of 4 will be five years or younger.
  • 20 per cent of the world population live on less than the equivalent of $1/day and are at risk of starvation or know of starving people.
  • The estimated cost of providing universal access to basic social services and transfers to alleviate income poverty and end starvation is $80 billion, which is less than 0.5 per cent of global income. (By comparison, the Iraq war and reconstruction will cost double this!)
  • Some 840 million people go hungry or face food insecurity; about one-third of all children under five suffer from malnutrition.
  • One might say that famines and wars cause most of hunger-related deaths as those events are usually given the most publicity and media coverage. But the fact is that only ten percent of hunger deaths result from famines and wars. The stark truth is that the vast majority of hunger deaths are not in the news we see and hear. Most people starve to death through chronic malnutrition.

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