Child Health Now


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19 October

Over 8 million children under 5 are dying each year. We have the solutions to make a difference, so why is this still happening?

One in every 12 children in Cambodia dies before their fifth birthday. Similar situations are happening every day in developing countries around the world. Many die from preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, and malaria. Through the Millennium Development Goals wealthy countries like Australia promised to tackle this situation. We all have a moral responsibility to help. Australia has made some progress, but much more needs to be done.

We know that two-thirds of these deaths could be prevented within 5 years. The solutions are simple and low cost. Breastfeeding, improved maternal health and clean water can save lives right now.

What’s missing? We’re not working together. Poor communities, international organisations, governments and people in developed countries, including Australia, all need to join forces to tackle this shocking violation of children's rights and stop children from dying. It can be done but we need your help.

Why are the most vulnerable forgotten?

Come to this special One Just World forum to find out how you can use your voice to speak up for the rights of children everywhere.

With a call to action by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO - Chancellor of the University of Sydney

Hosted by Tracey Spicer - Broadcaster and Journalist


  • Louise Baur – Professor & Deputy Associate Dean, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health University of Sydney
  • Tim Costello – Chief Executive, World Vision Australia
  • Michael Dibley – Associate Professor of International Public Health, University of Sydney
  • Rosaria Martins da Cruz – Director, HIAM Health, Timor Leste
  • Sue Ndwala – Maternal and Child Health Advisor, World Vision Australia
  • And a special report form Malawi via video by Rebecca Gibney – star of “Packed to the Rafters”.
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Sydney Ideas is delighted to be hosting the One Just World Forums at the University of Sydney in 2010.

One Just World is a national series of free, after-work speakers’ forums designed to involve the community in conversation and debate on key international development issues facing Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Past topics covered reflect the diversity of issues in this area: whether climate change, gender equality, international development, food and nutrition, human rights, or disability and development. All forums feature panel of experts that may include academics, economists, scientists, policy makers, and community workers. And you, the audience, will have an opportunity to put your questions to them.

One Just World a partnership between World Vision Australia, the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA), AusAID and a University in each state. One Just World was launched in July 2008 at Melbourne’s Federation Square by Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, and has so far held 15 successful forums in capital cities around Australia.

These forums are free. To help with numbers please RSVP directly through the One Just World website.

Image courtesy of World Vision c 2010

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