Making progress, saving lives
The number of children dying every year has almost halved since 1990, down from 12 million then to 6.6 million in 2012, with 90 million children prevented from dying over that period.
This dramatic progress has brought us to a tipping point in human history. We could be the first generation to make sure no child dies from diarrhoea or pneumonia; that no child starves to death or faces a life sentence of hunger.
But 18,000 children still die every day, mostly from diseases we know how to treat or prevent, or simply because they can’t get enough to eat.
Access to health workers
To help end this injustice, the Unilever Foundation has made a three-year, €15 million commitment to Save the Children’s biggest-ever global campaign, EVERY ONE. As a lead global partner Unilever is working with Save the Children to stop the needless deaths of millions of children and their mothers.
Together we have identified five priority countries – Bangladesh, China, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan to improve access to health workers and ensure that children in need are reached with transformational health and nutrition programmes, and life-saving interventions.
The partnership also provides a platform to generate public and political support. Together we are working to trigger a global breakthrough on child survival and to help accelerate progress so millions of children have the chance to grow up and fulfil their potential. We want to inspire people across the world to join the cause.
In addition to being a key partner of Save the Children’s global EVERY ONE campaign, the Unilever Foundation also supports local programmes in Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Haiti, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Sri Lanka, Sweden, the Philippines and the UK. These partnerships are helping to support Save the Children’s national programmes, addressing key issues in the communities in which Unilever operates.
Support on emergencies
It doesn’t stop there. The Unilever Foundation has also committed to supporting Save the Children’s emergency work before, during and after emergencies strike. Specifically, we are supporting Save the Children in Myanmar, the Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria.
Unilever is also supporting Save the Children’s Humanitarian Health Workers programme to significantly increase the capacity of front line health workers to ensure children caught up in the most desperate situations get the care they need. Through this support, we have enabled Save the Children to respond to the largest emergencies and also those which do not make the headlines.
Engaging consumers & employees
We also engage our consumers and retailers through Wall’s Ice Cream, one of Unilever’s biggest global brands. We have launched a campaign with Save the Children to raise awareness and provide an opportunity for the pubic to support Save the Children’s work. In 2013 the campaign successfully launched in the UK and Italy, and in 2014, launches in Sweden and the Philippines.
Our employees also have chance to engage with the partnership, visiting programmes on the ground in different countries and bringing back their firsthand impressions from the field to share both internally and externally (see Unilever Ambassador tabs on the left hand side).
By the end of the first year of the partnership’s programme work, we aim to have helped over 1 million people have access to health workers, basic nutrition and life saving interventions. We expect that up to 5,000 health service providers will have been trained and that up to 550,000 women and children will have directly benefited as a result of our support – making a significant contribution to ending the needless deaths of children.
“We have made dramatic progress, in recent years, to cut child deaths. This is inspiring. We could be the generation that ensures no child dies from preventable illnesses like diarrhoea, pneumonia. The lifesaving partnership with Unilever could be the catalyst to help drive and accelerate this progress.” – Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive, Save the Children UK.