Photo of the Week: Dreaming of a Healthier Future for the World's Children

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 23, 2010
A Child Daydreams

More photos: U.S. Department of State's Flickr photostream | State@Work

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama delivered a speech at the United Nations in New York on international development. In that speech, he said "I suspect that some in wealthier countries may ask, with our economies struggling, so many people out of work, and so many families barely getting by, why a summit on development? And the answer is simple. In our global economy, progress in even the poorest countries can advance the prosperity and security of people far beyond their borders, including my fellow Americans.

"When a child dies from a preventable disease, it shocks all of our consciences. When a girl is deprived of an education or her mother is denied equal rights, it undermines the prosperity of their nation. When a young entrepreneur can't start a new business, it stymies the creation of new jobs and markets in that entrepreneur's country, but also in our own. When millions of fathers cannot provide for their families, it feeds the despair that can fuel instability and violent extremism. When a disease goes unchecked, it can endanger the health of millions around the world."

The preventable tragedies the President listed largely sum up the Millennium Development Goals, the world's shared commitment to alleviating enduring problems such as extreme poverty and hunger, infectious diseases, lack of education, child and maternal mortality, and gender inequality. World leaders have been meeting this week to assess global progress toward these goals and how we can accelerate progress toward meeting the 2015 deadline for addressing them.

Today's Photo of the Week is an image by Democracy Photo Challenge winner Dino Peric, who writes that "Democracy is... to have a dream about better future."

To allow more children to make this dream a reality, the United States co-hosted an event this week called "1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future: Partnering to Reduce Child Undernutrition.” Adequate nutrition is key to child development, particularly in the critical thousand-day window that includes the mother's pregnancy through a child's second birthday. As Secretary Clinton said at the event, “while we have life-saving solutions, they remain out of reach for hundreds of millions of people worldwide." Globally, 200 million children suffer from chronic under-nutrition; in some countries, as many as half of all children are affected.

You can learn more about the effort to bring life-saving solutions to more children -- and how you can participate -- at and by watching and sharing this video.



September 23, 2010

Saber in Sudan writes:

I would love to thank the United States Goverenemt, and The International Community for the greatest work that schedule ahead to address & Face the MDGs. The picture is truley amazing. :-) Thank you

United States
September 23, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

This is what I love about President Obama. He really understands the connections between poverty and education and he puts his money where his mouth is. The other day I saw a beautiful site on the mean streets of Los Angeles. I saw a gang member with tattoes from head to toe, carrying a backpack full of college books at a technical college. It was such a beautiful thing to see. President Obama really gets it on important issues like education that are the lifeblood of the nation. This development idea could be good to depending how intelligently its laid out.
Malama Obama. The American people really do love you, mostly, sorta, kinda.

Neil P.
September 24, 2010

Neil P. in Guyana writes:

The USA is always the first to respond to any tragedy /natural disaster affecting people anywhere in the world. I respect them for this type of leadership. President Obama is doing a fine job

South Korea
September 24, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Children who start young and he wants to let you do that you think is most appropriate. We wanted to receive training and procedures, but they are suitable for our needs and objectives to be set as you like and think. Human culture and knowledge base to keep the non-standardized training and procedures to produce a clone of the previous generation, I think.

Eileen N.
California, USA
September 27, 2010

Dr. Eileen N. in California writes:

Focusing on health in children is important, but their adult parents must be healthy too. Any global health care system strengthening program must include provision for sustainable changes and improvements to the entire healthcare system no matter what age the people it serves may be. Although admirable and a start, a healthy child program runs the risk of consuming healthcare resources at the expense of the greater good, just as disease specific programs do.
Broaden the program out in order to create healthy families and healthy communities.


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