India's Children Are Dying Of Treatable Illnesses. What Can We Do To Help?
By: Shrishaila, Diamond
Published On: December 30, 2021
An anonymous quote read that the children of today are the citizens of tomorrow, the future of a nation. However true this statement is, we cannot deny the harrowing fact that even in the 21st century many children, the future of our nation are losing their lives to treatable illnesses. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, 8 lakh children died due to treatable illnesses in India. Most of the causes were born out of the lack of affordable healthcare. According to WHO, causes leading to the death of children under 5 years of age were preterm complications, birth asphyxia or trauma, pneumonia, congenital anomalies, diarrhoea and malaria, yet the most heart-wrenching part about this is - that with the right treatment at the right time, these diagnoses are actually easily treatable.
The need for affordable healthcare
In the last decade, child mortality has decreased, however, it still remains comparatively higher in South Asia. Across the world, there are 5.2 million children who succumbed to a treatable illness like pneumonia, cancer, tuberculosis as per data released by WHO in 2019. Many parents have to delay treatment, pick alternatives or sometimes cannot afford the treatment entirely, due to exorbitant treatment costs and low incomes, especially during Covid-19. Marginal income and unaffordable healthcare is also a factor. According to a study by BMC Health Services -
“The horizontal inequity in medical treatment utilization for children is pro-rich. The findings of the study suggest that attuning the efforts of existing maternal and child health programs into one seamless chain of care can bring the inequalities down and improve the utilization of child health care services.”
Seeking expert care from providers would help avoid the same. But what about those who cannot afford basic treatment? And what can we do to change this?
Step up for a change
Treatable illnesses are killing children in India by the hour. Moreover, 356 million are living in poverty in the sub-continent, with the pandemic only making things worse for those without insurance and savings to back required treatment. During the pandemic, 55 million people were pushed to poverty! This was in a single year. Children are dying due to treatable illnesses without having a chance at quality treatment. Your monthly contribution can change this!
We can step up and save them with the help of quality and timely healthcare. Provide life-saving treatment to patients on ImpactGuru. Monthly donations on ImpactGuru not only help children requiring urgent treatment but also lead you to embark on a journey fulfilling consistent and sustainable change in the process.
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