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Lionel Messi: 'Help end child deaths'

Dec 21, 2012

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and football star Leo Messi makes an urgent plea to accelerate efforts to save the lives of thousands of children dying every year from preventable causes.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is a football star with a heart of gold. The ace footballer from FC Barcelona, was named the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009 and winner of three Golden Ball awards for the best European footballer of the year. Messi was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in March 2010.
In 2007, Messi established the Leo Messi Foundation, a charity supporting access to education and health care for vulnerable children. With his own history of medical illness, Messi is particularly close to issues of child rights and health.

Health for children has been abysmal all over the globe. Despite great strides in child survival, some 19,000 children under the age of 5 die every day from causes such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and measles.

Messi is putting his word behind this cause by joining UNICEF in its 'End Child Deaths' campaign. “We all can help to stop child deaths from preventable causes,” says Mr. Messi. “These children don’t have to die, but they do.”  
Even though there is some good news; child deaths have fallen dramatically, plummeting from nearly 12 million in 1990 to 6.9 million in 2011. Spread of technology and health care to the remote areas of the world has been of immense help, but more needs to be done.

The footballer has been a strong advocate for vulnerable children and has visited Argentina, Costa Rica and Haiti to help raise awareness and support for the work of UNICEF and its partners.

Catch Messi's UNICEF video here.

 

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