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Global Week of Action

Today, 18,000 children will not live to see their fifth birthday.

'The single most important correlate of better child health is household wealth', UNICEF report 2008, (Assessing the Orphan Effect).

Patricia from Bolivia knows this story well. When her son Rory was two, he had a severe urinary infection, but was misdiagnosed by a local health centre. Like 70% of Bolivians, she didn’t have health insurance. But, she did have a little business that she’d grown from a microloan. Her profits were enough to travel 15 kilometers away to get the medical care that her son needed.

1 – 8 May was our Global Week of Action.

See how millions around the world spoke out for the children who don’t have the same chance as Rudy. Raise your hands for child health now.

Here’s how we help children survive 5.

















We provide loans for latrines and water filters. A study in Cambodia showed that microfinance clients were four times more likely to purchase a latrine if they paid for it through a loan. Through our water, health and sanitation programme, we’ve made this affordable for around 50,000 families in Cambodia.

Our clients are more likely to afford better healthcare. 85% of clients of our MFI in Ghana have health insurance, compared to 51% of non-clients. These results came from an impact report carried out by Oxfam and Triple Jump, which also stated that VisionFund Ghana clients had fewer children who had died before the age of 5.

We provide loans for better housing. Cramped and cold conditions contribute to sickness in children and increase the risk of disease. Working with World Vision Lanka, we have helped 60 families living on tea plantations to access better and more affordable homes.

Across Asia, 90% of our clients are female. A classic study of microfinance in Bangladesh illustrates that investment in female clients has a greater impact on the well-being of the household than male clients.

Our clients tell us that increased earning is spent on better food. A study of our MFI in Ethiopia headed by John-Hopkins found that children of clients were significantly less likely to be malnourished or to need food aid compared to non-clients.