Baby Exodus, now a healthy six-month-old, arrived at the Bidi Bidi refugee camp in northern Uganda with his mother Stella four months before this photo was taken. He had been ill for three days with a cough, vomiting and fever, before he was brought to the Emergency Health Unit mobile health clinic. He was diagnosed with malaria and provided with treatment. He was also given routine childhood vaccinations.
Stella fled South Sudan with her four children after her husband was killed. She had to leave everything and everyone she knows behind.
In 2015, nearly half the world’s population was at risk for contracting malaria. For children under the age of 5 who survive beyond the first month of life, malaria is one of the top three causes of death.
In 2015, of an estimated 438,000 malaria deaths around the world, nearly 70 percent were children under the age of five.
Children can fall seriously ill 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Families who live in communities far from health centers, or who are socially marginalized or economically deprived, cannot always access life-saving treatment when their children need it most. This is why Save the Children partners with the government of Uganda, in local communities and in health facilities, to help end the deaths of newborn babies and mothers from preventable causes.
President Trump has proposed devastating cuts to vital international aid programs that help children like Exodus survive and thrive. You can help by telling Congress to oppose cuts to child survival programs.