Improve quality of life and focus on preventative measures
For children living in poverty, sickness and disease can be life threatening without access to timely medical support and intervention.
Maintaining good physical health is an important part of Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program. But this represents a significant challenge within the context of poverty and disadvantaged communities.
Through generous supporters, the Health Critical Need covers expenses when unforeseen circumstances in a child’s life arise such as accidents, disease or the need for surgery. It means children in Compassion’s programs can receive the specific care and treatment they need to remain healthy.
This may include:
- Costs of surgery
- Treatment for illness or injury
- Provision of food and nutritional support for malnourished children
- Vision, hearing and dental needs
- Mobility needs
- Specialist care and support
When you give to Health you also invest in initiatives that improve quality of life and focus on preventative measures. This means children will learn to keep themselves healthy throughout their lives.
Why health is so important
Girls account for nearly two-thirds of all new HIV infections among adolescents (15-19 years old)
More than three quarters of all malaria deaths worldwide occur in children under five
Close to one-fifth of all children under five remain undernourished
An estimated 19.4 million infants worldwide miss out on basic vaccines
Sources: UNAIDS; WHO; World Bank