6.15.12

Muslim Americans Join Call to Action on Child Survival

Every year, 7.6 million children die before their 5th birthday from preventable causes.  In recognition that every child deserves a 5th birthday, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) joined other religious organizations for the initiative,“Saving Children through Behavior Change: Religions in Action.”  The initiative will work to reduce preventable deaths of children under five years of by engaging religious leaders across diverse faiths to be effective drivers of behavior change.
Yesterday,  ISNA Director of Community Outreach Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi joined  in a Call to Action on Child Survival  (hosted by USAID, UNICEF and other partner governments in Washington D.C.) to discuss and implement strategies to reduce child mortality rates.  As part of the initiative, ISNA signed a pledge  to commit to advocating for ten behavior changes vital to child survival.  Additionally, ISNA is working through Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA) and Religions for Peace (RfP) to help mobilize and equip religious leaders as agents of these needed behavior changes by empowering individuals and communities to demonstrably improve the well-being of children.  This includes developing relevant training modules and tools to help mobilize and equip religious leaders from diverse faith traditions around this initiative, because their help to shift attitudes and behaviors can help to drive demand for products and services essential to child survival.
You can join ISNA in the effort to end preventable child deaths and support this initiative by:
  • Joining ISNA in signing the pledge by clicking here
  • Posting a photo to the USAID’s birthday album in your support of ending preventable child deaths.
  • Follow the conversation on Twitter with #5thBDay and #Promise4Children.

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