Day of the African Child

16 June 2012

At MMV we believe every African child should be able to access the medicines they need. Malaria continues to take the life of a child under 5 every minute of every day. By developing new antimalarial medicines, MMV is working to change this reality for children in Africa and the world over. Consistent with the Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed  initiative, MMV has pledged its support to ending preventable child deaths. The campaign calls on all countries to reduce under-5 mortality to 20 or fewer under-five deaths per 1,000 live births, for every segment of society, by 2035.

Commemorated on the 16 June each year, the Day of the African Child was first established in 1991 to draw attention to the lives of African children. The day was inspired by the children of Soweto, South Africa, who took to the streets in 1976 to protest against their inferior education – some of whom lost their lives in doing so.