VACCINES save LIVES – Why is the US falling behind in Health Care???

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our world, UNICEF reported that more than 13,000,000+ children were NOT able to be vaccinated.

The almost 2 decade long partnership to halt measles and rubella as the biggest killer of children HAS BEEN hugely successful.  Here in the US, the American Red Cross was one of the partner organizations.

Scroll down in the article, and you might be surprised at the statistics you see:

Top ten high-income countries where children not vaccinated with the first measles vaccine dose 2010 – 2018

  1. United States: 2,868,000
  2. France: 680,000
  3. United Kingdom:585,000
  4. Italy: 482,000
  5. Japan: 386,000
  6. Canada: 363,000
  7. Germany: 195,000
  8. Australia: 155,000
  9. Chile: 155,000
  10. Spain: 141,000

Sustainable Development Goal 3 has targets and indicators.  Do you know how the US ranks among developed countries?    

Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

3.1 By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births 3.1.1 Maternal mortality ratio 3.1.2 Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel

3.2 By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births 3.2.1 Under-5 mortality rate 3.2.2 Neonatal mortality rate

3.3 By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases 3.3.1 Number of new HIV infections per 1,000 uninfected population, by sex, age and key populations 3.3.2 Tuberculosis incidence per 100,000 population 3.3.3 Malaria incidence per 1,000 population 3.3.4 Hepatitis B incidence per 100,000 population 3.3.5 Number of people requiring interventions against neglected tropical diseases

3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being 3.4.1 Mortality rate attributed to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease 3.4.2 Suicide mortality rate

3.5 Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol 3.5.1 Coverage of treatment interventions (pharmacological, psychosocial and rehabilitation and aftercare services) for substance use disorders 3.5.2 Alcohol per capita consumption (aged 15 years and older) within a calendar year in quarts of pure alcohol

3.6 By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents 3.6.1 Death rate due to road traffic injuries

Published by wt48

Globalization consultant - Helping businesses looking to increase sales and profit, reduce dependence on the domestic market and stabilize seasonal fluctuations to do business globally. Working with students and young professionals to gain experience and hone skill sets to build their competitiveness for global employment opportunities. Extensive international field experience, with a primary focus working in conflict situation gap areas along the emergency assistance to long-term development continuum. Advocated for citizen involvement and action to achieve successful outcomes against the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 around the globe. Now focused on promoting achieving successful outcomes for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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