SOFIA and the Salvatorians know well that children born in the South are over 13 times more likely to die within the first five years of life than children born in an industrialized country. Every minute a woman dies of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth in developing countries. The vast majority of people infected with HIV – 33 million in 2007 – live south of the Sahara. There are around 500 million cases of malaria worldwide each year and the disease annually kills over 800,000 children under five in sub-Saharan Africa.
In developing countries the greater part of these fatal illnesses and viruses would be avoidable or curable if people had access to basic health care and treatment.
Because of this we invest in health, we run dispensaries and set up information campaigns in the D.R Congo, in Tanzania and on the Comoros Islands.
Our aim, above all, is to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, as well as combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. (Millennium Development Goals 4-6).
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