Sanctity of Life: Addressing Compelling, Urgent Needs

The Guardian summarizes the report of the World Health Organization that says 10 million children die each year from preventable causes.

The
report says, “The deaths are mainly from pneumonia (19%), diarrhoea (17%),
malaria (8%), measles (4%), HIV/Aids (3%) and injuries (3%). Premature birth
(28%), sepsis or pneumonia (26%), and asphyxia (23%) are the most common causes
of very early death.”

Four in 10 of
these children die within the first 28 days of life, and a significant number
are in southern and West Africa.

As
we talk of the sanctity of life, we must talk of these lives and how we put an
end to the disease, suffering and grief that violates their sanctity.

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