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Child Health

Volume 525: debated on Wednesday 23 March 2011

The petition states:

The Petition of Staff and Pupils of Hackleton Church of England Primary School,

Declares that just over eight million children die every year before their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable causes like diarrhoea and pneumonia; that ensuring that proven, cost-effective, preventative measures such as immunisation and breastfeeding are available at family and community level can save millions of these lives; that, where child health is prioritised, in countries such as Malawi, there are real and long-lasting results, showing that change is possible; and notes that the petitioners believe that global leaders must prioritise child health and end these unnecessary deaths.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for International Development to widen the Government’s approach on maternal and newborn health in the developing world to include child health.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.