October 9, 2011. (Romereports.com)
These simple red balloons symbolize hope and survival. Each one represents a child that's between life and death.
“Everyday in my field of work, I see children who are sick, who have pneumonia, malaria. These poor mothers who can't afford to get the medicine,” said Tesfaye Hailu, a doctor from Ethiopia.
Doctor Tesfaye Hailu works in Ethiopia. He's part of a world wide campaign called “Save the Children-Every One.” It recently made its way to Rome where it was welcomed by local children, television actors, professional soccer players and local politicians. Gianni Alemanno
Mayor of Rome
“We can't sleep calmly knowing that a child's life is threatened.”
The problem is worldwide. According to the campaign this year alone, nearly 9 million children will die from basic illnesses that can be treated with relatively cheap medicine. It's a reality that even these young children are quite aware of. “We can send medicine and money that can help with the construction of hospitals so we can fix the problem.”
Save the Children (Ethiopia)“There is progress definitely. But it's not enough to meet the Millennium development goal in 2015.”
The development goal was passed in the year 2000. That's when world leaders decided to take action so that the number of children who die from treatable illnesses worldwide, is reduced to roughly two thirds by the year 2015.