Saving lives from accidental deaths

As the Children's Prize approaches its last week, we'd like to highlight our mission of saving lives around the world, including from accidental deaths.

According to CDC data from 2009, accidental deaths including motor vehicle accidents, suffocation, drowning, poisoning, fire/burns and falls account for the largest number of child deaths in the United States every year. Motor Vehicle deaths account for the most injury related deaths for children in the United States (4,564). However, children in the state of Florida are more likely to die from suffocation or drowning.

Of the five largest states, Florida has the largest unintentional injury rate 40.3% per 100,000. Although children in the developing world will most likely die of diseases such as pneumonia or diarrhea, and children in the United States will die of injury - both causes are preventable, treatable, and unnecessary.

For children under the age of one, the leading causes of accidental death are:
1. Suffocation
2. Motor vehicle
3. Drowning
4. Poisoning

For children ages one to four years, the leading causes of accidental death are:
1. Motor Vehicle
2. Suffocation
3. Being Struck
4. Poisoning

It is important to note that Florida has the highest unintentional drowning death rate in the US for children ages one to four years old; 15% of all children in the US who drown are from Florida.

Below is an excellent infographic by the CDC:
CDC accidental infographic

Malaria in Miami? Shifting from global to local health.

anopheles As we briefly shift to local health, it was surprising to read about malaria cases in Miami. Miami-Dade has the largest foreign-born population in the United States, making it one of the most international communities. The diversity found in Miami-Dade is attributed not only to its foreign-born residents, but also to its tourists and visitors. From a health perspective, the diverse mixture of people and the geographical mobility involved naturally give rise to health concerns.

Diseases that typically only occur in developing countries are likely to be brought to our local community. For example, let’s take malaria. Although malaria does not originate from the United States, in 2012 there were 65 imported cases in Florida. The greatest number of imported malaria cases were reported from Haiti, Nigeria, and Ghana. The inclusion of malaria into our own community here in Miami-Dade reminds us that a healthier local community can occur only with a healthier global community.

Decades ago, measures were taken in the US to reduce the impact of malaria on the US population. In 1947, there were 15,000 reported cases of Malaria in the US, by 1950 that number had fallen to 2,000. In 1951, the elimination of malaria among the US population was complete.

Malaria is a leading cause of death worldwide. Approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria (approximately 3.5 billion). An estimated 219 million people are infected every year, the disease causes debilitating cycles of pain, fever, coma and even death. According to a 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) malaria report, nearly 660,000 deaths were recorded in 2012, with most of them occurring in young African children.

Malaria is both preventable and treatable. In fact, malaria preventions and treatments are some of the most cost-effective available to save lives. So if this is the case, then why is malaria still a leading cause of death? The Children’s Prize is concerned with this fundamental question because it explores basic aspects of intervention effectiveness, cultural interaction and sustainability.

Photograph: © Kletr -

Happy Mother's Day from the Children's Prize!

Happy Mother's Day from the Children's Prize!

Mothers across the globe share an unspoken and profound bond. The bond between mother and child.

Women are the bearers of life and this Mother's Day serves to remind us of the (human rights and maternal health) concerns that directly impact women, mothers.

Video material posted courtesy of:
International Museum of Women

What does being a mother mean to you?

What does being a mother mean to you?

As part of their #FirstMoments campaign, Save the Children and several celebrity moms that include Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Connelly and Allyson Hannigan join with celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and moms worldwide to relate the thoughts they experienced prior to giving birth. Even with resources available to them, these moms still experienced countless fears throughout the process.

We appreciate the open discussion and sharing that Save the Children has initiated with this powerful video. The moms visibly struggle to verbally express the overwhelming feelings which they experienced in those memorable #FirstMoments of seeing their child. "I felt immeasurable love. The kind of love I never imagined was possible." The first day of life is the most dangerous day of a child's life in countries rich and poor around the world, including the United States.

Motherhood is challenging, filled with enormous joys and fears. This Sunday the Children’s Prize wants to THANK mothers around the world for the sacrifices they make for their loved ones."Every mother just wants what's best for their child. Wants them to be healthy and strong and happy and just have more than they had themselves."

This Mother's Day, what are you most grateful for?

Eye-Opening Reasons to Celebrate Mothers!

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In the United States, we celebrate mothers with cards, flowers and brunch once a year. Here are some eye-opening reasons to celebrate mothers everyday!

Mother’s Day is the day we express gratitude for all the sacrifices, support and encouragement that mothers make for us throughout our lives. It is often recognized that there is no greater bond than the one between a mother and her child. However, this Sunday many mothers will only hold a memory of their child in their heart, instead of holding them tightly in their arms. A report by Save the Children highlights the international plight of women who lose their babies on their first day of life. "More than one million babies die on their birthday each year."

It’s painful to conceive that on a day when a mother would be celebrating life, she is instead faced with the pain of losing her baby. The leading causes of newborn deaths are prematurity, birth complications, and severe infections. The top ten worst countries to be a mother are all in Africa. However, the developed world is not immune to these problems. For example, the United States ranks 30th (not even in the top 10!) throughout the world in terms of the best and worst places to be a mother, with 1 in 2400 women dying from maternal causes, the same as Iran.

This reminds us that a mother in the US isn’t so different from a pregnant mother in rural Gambia, Mexico or India. The death of an infant or mother is an international loss.

So this Mother’s Day remember to appreciate your MOM, and let her know just how much she is valued!