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In 2012, 6.6 million children died worldwide before reaching the age of five. The majority died from preventable illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. Since 1990 child mortality rates have significantly decreased, but global health officials are adamant that more can be done. This past month, USAID pledged $2.9 billion to combat child mortality. We’ll talk about the latest efforts with world experts and with a San Francisco doctor who co-founded an NGO in Mali.

Guests:
Ari Johnson, co-founder and co-executive director for Muso, and resident physician at UCSF
Leith Greenslade, vice chair of Child Health at the MDG Health Alliance
Katie Taylor, deputy assistant administrator for the Bureau for Global Health at USAID

  • Alison

    Hi Michael and guests,
    I’m wondering if you’ve had any hesitation from local governments when trying to implement your programs.

  • Cody Landwehr

    I just wanted to say this is great approach your guest have. Empowering & educating women globally has so many more sustainable advantages than just giving food aid or medicine.

    When people are desperate, fearful, ignorant, they are more likely to cause more problems than just childhood poverty & disease. They also spread extremism, violence, crime, infrastructure damage, and disease.

    The approach to educate women goes at the core of many problems.

  • Kat Hall

    What about vaccine and immunization programs? This is the most cost effective public health intervention. Integrated health systems cannot function without plans to address polio eradication, and other vaccine preventable diseases. What we must invest in, in addition to maternal and child health interventions, are R&D efforts to fashion an effective TB vaccine.

  • Lucas Foglia

    Truly impressed with and inspired by Muso’s work! More information about their efforts, and a link to donate, is on their website: http://www.ProjectMuso.org

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