One heart supports volunteer missions from doctors who are willing to spend a few weeks examining those children who may not have regular access to medical care in remote orphanages and hospitals where orphans are directed to seek treatment.
John Lauck, president of the Children's Miracle Network has graciously opened doors to 170 CMN Children's Hospitals, inviting those doctors who wish to volunteer and share their unique talents and skills abroad. Those physicians and nurses who have a desire to volunteer time on a mini medical mission may contact the One Heart Executive Director of Health Services and Advisory Board Member, Steve Pehrson, M.D.
Dr. Steve Perhson and Dr. Don Wood have personally overseen the donation of over $1,000,000.00 US and the delivery of $1,500,000.00 in medical supplies to impoverished children around the world.
DID YOU KNOW?
12 children under five die every minute in the world from various causes, many are preventable
According to UNICEF, today, infant and childhood vaccination saves up to 3 million children's lives a year. Conflict, displacement and poverty keep some of the most vulnerable children from getting the vaccines they need. Today, 1.5 million children die every year because they were not vaccinated. If all children were immunized with existing vaccines, by 2020 we would save nearly 25 million lives.
- Infant and childhood vaccinations save an estimated 3 million lives every year
- Around the world, 1 in 5 children under 5 remains unvaccinated
- The number of deaths from measles decreased by 71% since 2000
- Still, around 400 children still die every day from measles, a vaccine-preventable disease
- A donation of $25 can vaccinate 42 children against polio
Good nutrition is the bedrock of child survival and child development. Well-nourished children are better able to grow and learn, to participate in their communities, and to be resilient in the face of disease or disaster.
Yet malnutrition is linked to nearly half of all childhood deaths under 5 — stealing about 3 million young lives a year. And for millions of children, chronic malnutrition will result in stunting – an irreversible condition that literally stunts their physical and mental growth.
The first 1,000 days from the start of a woman’s pregnancy to a child’s second birthday offer a window of opportunity for preventing under-nutrition and its consequences. During this period support is needed with breastfeeding, nutrition-rich foods for infants and micro-nutrient supplements.
By focusing on these first 1,000 days, we humanitarian efforts with global partners have helped cut the number of children badly affected by stunting by nearly 100 million since 1990.
CHILD AND COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS GLOBALLY
Since 1990, significant improvements have been made in child health. The under-five mortality rate has decreased by 49%, from 90 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 46 per 1,000 in 2013. However, improvements in child survival and health have not been equally distributed and several countries and communities continue facing unacceptably high levels of child mortality. Significant gaps remain between the richest and poorest families, both between countries and within countries. Moreover, the majority of deaths in low-income countries are still from preventable infectious diseases including pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. Progress is hindered in many low- and middle-income countries by weak health systems, resulting in global recognition of the importance of investing in health systems strengthening, with particular focus on strengthening the community as an integral component of the broader health system