As part of our commitment to sustainable living, the Unilever Foundation has partnered with Save the Children to improve the lives of 2 million children and their mothers by 2016 by providing access to health workers, basic nutrition and life-saving vaccines.
Making progress, saving lives
In 2011 the world saw the biggest-ever fall in child mortality – a drop of 700,000 in a single year. This isn’t a blip. Between 1990 and 2011, the number of children dying every year has come down by 5 million.
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 diarrhea or pneumonia; that no child starves to death or faces a life sentence of hunger.
But 7 million children still die every year, 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 four priority countries – Bangladesh, China, Nigeria and Pakistan to improve access to health workers, ensure that children in need are reached with transformational health and nutrition programmes and life-saving vaccines.
The partnership also provides a platform to generate public and political support. Together we will work to trigger a global breakthrough on child survival and help accelerate progress so millions of children have the chance to grow up and fulfill their potential. We want to inspire people across the world to join the cause.
We will also engage our consumers and retailers through Wall’s Ice Cream, one of Unilever’s biggest global brands. We will bring the partnership to life and into people’s homes on products in selected markets across the world in 2013 and 2014. We will raise awareness about Save the Children’s work amongst our consumers and give them an opportunity to be part of the EVERY ONE campaign and make donations to support Save the Children’s local and global work.
But it doesn’t stop there. The Unilever Foundation has committed to support Save the Children’s Humanitarian Health Workers programme to significantly scale up frontline health capacity so that many more children’s lives can be saved in emergencies. Finally, we are assisting Save the Children’s emergency work in Myanmar, Somalia and Syria. Unilever is offering support before, during and after an emergency strikes and making sure children caught up in emergencies can get the care they need.
In all, the partnership with Unilever will help Save the Children reach 2 million children and their mothers by 2016– making a massive contribution to ending the needless deaths of children.
In addition to supporting the global EVERY ONE campaign, the Unilever Foundation is funding Save the Children’s work in local programmes in Australia and New Zealand, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Japan and Peru.
“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.