Lois Privor-Dumm

Editor’s note: This past December, the Disruptive Women in Health Care blog launched a series on The Value of Health: Creating Economic Security in the Developing World. In addition to Disruptive Women’s own pool of experts, a number of guests were invited to post on this critically important topic. We invite you to download the ebook or read the original posts.


By Lois Privor-Dumm. It’s really simple.  8.8 million children die every year.  Not here in the US, but in developing countries where they don’t have access to the same care that we do here.  How much of our global health budget goes to address these basic needs?  Less than $1 of every $10.

Children are the future of every country.  Providing them with basic care to ensure they survive until their fifth birthday doesn’t seem to be that much to ask.  And, it’s a good investment.  Simple antibiotics or oral rehydration solutions along with the basic vaccines that children receive in the US every year are available at a cost that is around many people’s co-pay for a single prescription.

Although pneumonia and diarrhea are leading killers of children worldwide, our government hasn’t made the investment in these simple solutions.  Young babies don’t have a voice; we do though. We can afford to take 30 seconds or less to build awareness about these issues and help guide our global spending budget/

GAVI and Save the Children are joining together to make sure their voice is heard. The Global Health Initiative is citing greater emphasis on women and children, but their current plan doesn’t incorporate all that is available and highly affordable. Let’s make sure they our country focuses on long underfunded priorities.  We can address this problem that many don’t realize is so large.  Tell your colleagues, family and friends that pneumonia and diarrhea are the leading infectious killers of children that we can prevent and treat today.  Vote for fighting the leading child killers on “Ideas for Change” on Change.org.  It will take less than 30 seconds, but vote by March 12th to help this idea receive the attention it deserves.

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