The Academy’s tag line declares our commitment to the “health of all children.” This includes doing our best to share AAP resources with children around the world.

As pediatricians, we are not satisfied with the current status of children’s health globally. According to UNICEF, the annual mortality rate for children under 5 is 65 per 1,000 live births. This translates into 8.8 million deaths a year, the vast majority of which are preventable with simple solutions. Diarrhea and pneumonia are the world’s big child killers still, with malaria, neonatal infection, preterm delivery and lack of oxygen at birth ranking just below them on the list.

Beyond mortality, there is staggering morbidity among the world’s children due to malnutrition. Disabling conditions such as cerebral palsy, sickle cell disease and congenital anomalies affect large numbers of children, especially in low resource settings, where there are inadequate health, educational and developmental services to...

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