It's World Malaria Day! Invest in the future with the Children's Prize.

The Children's Prize has received malaria proposals from eight countries that are listed within the top 17 as having the largest number of malaria deaths, according to the World Malaria Report. However, malaria proposals have not been received from Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire and Mozambique. These three countries are among the top six with the largest number of malaria deaths reported. The project proposals received include the distribution of insecticide treated mosquito nets, indoor spraying methods, and procurement of medication once malaria had been contracted.

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Approximately half of the world's population is at risk of malaria. One child dies every minute from malaria. The countries with the highest malaria rate are Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Cote d’Ivoire, making up 47% of all malaria cases worldwide. The highest mortality rates are among those that make less than $1.25 a day. Sleeping under insecticide treated nets can reduce overall child mortality by 20%, but only 5% of the population living in Africa sleeps under treated nets.

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Malaria is caused by a parasite that is transmitted through a mosquito. There are several variations of malaria causing flu like symptoms that typically include high fevers, shaking chills, headaches, etc. Other variations of malaria are more likely to result in severe infections and if not promptly treated, may result in death. Malaria contributes to anemia among children and pregnant women, causing poor growth and development. Maternal malaria increases the risk of spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, premature delivery and low birth weight - a leading cause of child mortality. Malaria caused an estimated 660,000 deaths in 2010 with 90% occurring in Africa, mostly among children.

$1 million Children's Prize around the world! Who's submitting?

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With 38 days to go, the Children's Prize has reached over 150 countries. We're excited to have hundreds of proposals submitted from 45 countries as of April 24th! The top five countries submitting are:

1. Kenya
2. Uganda
3. India
4. United States
5. Nigeria

Of all submissions currently received, 74% are from organizations and 26% are from individuals around the world.

We're excited to see how many more countries we can reach before the newly extended May 31st deadline.

Spread the word. Help us connect to save children's lives. You can submit your proposal, just click Apply Now!

Immunization saves lives around the world

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World Immunization Week 2013 is an initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) dedicated to raising public awareness of how immunization saves lives around the world.

Every year, millions of children could be spared an unnecessary death from measles, pneumonia, diarrhea, polio, diphtheria, tetanus and other preventable diseases if we could simply get them the vaccines they need. Children in developing countries lack access to vaccines — often because these are intrinsically linked to poverty which includes resources available to access healthcare in a timely and effectively manner.

The Expanded Programme on Immunization initiated by UNICEF in 1974 drastically reduced deaths against six major vaccine-preventable diseases – pertussis, childhood tuberculosis, tetanus, polio, measles and diphtheria. It went from less than five per cent of the world's children being immunized during their first year of life the major six killers to 83 percent of the world's children under one year of age have received these life-saving vaccinations.

Despite the huge gains of the initiative 20% of all children born every year (22.4 million) are still not immunized. While immunization prevents 2-3 million deaths every year among immunized children, more than 70% live in the 10 countries with the largest populations, and the weakest immunization structures in the world. Immunization campaigns in countries have nearly eradicated polio, 27 countries have eliminated maternal and neo natal tetanus, and Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) coverage rose from 20% to 83% by the end of 2011. Worldwide deaths from measles have decreased by 74% globally and by 85% between 2000 and 2010 in Africa. While these achievements should be celebrated we still have a long way to go.

According to the UN Foundation, immunization has saved the lives of more children than any other medical intervention in the last 50 years. So help spread the word during World Immunization Week!

$1 Million Child Mortality Prize Announces Date Extension!

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Applicants around the world seeking to win $1 million to save children’s lives from preventable causes now have until May 31, 2013, to submit their proposals.

The Caplow Children’s Prize announced today that the deadline for submitting proposals has been extended. The new deadline provides additional time for applicants worldwide to submit their ideas in all areas of child mortality while also encouraging the broadest participation possible worldwide.

Today marks 40 days to meet the new deadline on May 31st.

Why should YOU apply? Well, because it’s very simple and you might WIN! But even if you don’t win and you’re selected as one of the top five finalists, the Children’s Prize will be showcasing these selected organization projects in an effort to raise awareness of the work and commitment to saving children’s lives. We hope that people are inspired by the work others are doing on behalf of children around the world!

The Children’s Prize is not about just submitting a great or innovative idea. It’s not about recognizing and rewarding a past accomplishment. The Children’s Prize is about supporting and funding an idea that is ready to become a reality!

Please help us spread the word and connect with the $1 million dollar winner!

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