In 1971, the year Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was founded, over 15 million children under the age of five died. In the years since then, this number has fallen dramatically, in large part thanks to life-saving medical programs, like those run by MSF. Each year we treat around six million children. We vaccinate almost two million children for measles and safely deliver more than 300,000 babies. We work in some of the world’s hardest to reach, poorest and most dangerous places. The lives that are saved are hard won, and easily lost.
Syrian refugees women hold their children as they sit in Ouzai refugee compound, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon. (File photo: AP)
In this photo taken Thursday, March 26, 2020, children sit on a wall overlooking densely packed houses in the Sayidka camp for internally displaced people in Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP)
Displaced children take part in an event organzied by Violet Organization, in an effort to spread awareness and encourage safety amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) fears, at a camp in the town of Maarat Masrin in northern Idlib, Syria April 14, 2020. (Reuters)