WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Agency for International Development is ramping up a program to keep kids around the world from dying.
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said the agency will be realigning $2.9 billion of investment in the next two years, in an effort to get life-saving medicines, vaccines and health resources to the places where they're needed most. Shah believes it'll "save the lives of up to 500,000 children."
It's part of the Child Survival Call to Action, a global initiative that was launched two years ago with a goal of ending preventable child deaths by 2035. Shah says there's been extraordinary progress since then.
Shah says the effort "has won strong bipartisan support at a time in Washington when bipartisan cooperation is sometimes difficult to come by." It also has gained support from other countries, foundations, institutions and corporations worldwide, including Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Merck, Johns Hopkins and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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