David Beckham's appeal over child deaths in Africa
David Beckham has appealed to the world to take action over the shocking child mortality rates in developing countries after a recent trip to Sierra Leone.
As a goodwill ambassador for children’s charity, Unicef, the footballer spoke of the thousands of children dying across the world every day, from treatable diseases.
His trip to the west African country, where more than a quarter of children die before their fifth birthday, coincides with Unicef’s flagship report, published yesterday, which revealed that over 26,000 children die every day around the world from treatable conditions.
‘We can’t turn a blind eye to the tens of thousands of young children who die every day in the developing world mostly from causes that are preventable,’ said Beckham.
‘In Sierra Leone, one in four children dies before reaching their fifth birthday – it’s shocking and tragic especially when the solutions are simple – things like vaccinations against measles or using a mosquito net to reduce the chance of getting malaria.
‘Saving these children’s lives is a top priority for Unicef and as an ambassador I hope I can help to draw attention to this issue across the world.’
During his four-day visit the father-of-three spent time at a health clinic learning about the common causes of infant mortality, such as malaria, diarrhoea, malnutrition and vaccine-preventable diseases.