All children, everywhere, have the right to life-sustaining healthcare, vaccines and nourishing food.
But the systems that keep children alive are cracking under the pressure of crises around the world – wars, disease outbreaks, droughts, floods.
Food production is being disrupted by climate change and conflict, as are water supplies and sanitation systems – and we’re seeing the biggest backslide in immunisation in 30 years.
All these threats intersect: children are more likely to get ill if they don’t get their vaccines, if they live without safe water for drinking and washing, and if they’re weakened by hunger.
When they do get ill, they’re more likely to die if they’re undernourished, and if there’s no doctor or clinic nearby.
The UK Government has a crucial role to play as decisions and agreements are made this year – to push progress forward on building resilient global health systems that will withstand future shocks and uphold children’s rights. We want to see:
📈 increased funding for services that keep children alive, like immunisation and nutrition
⚕️ children’s health put first in the commitments and plans our Government makes
🌍 existing plans put into action to expand services so that every child can get the healthcare they have a right to.