In 2017, around 5.4 million children worldwide died before they could celebrate their fifth birthday. Diarrhoeal and respiratory diseases, measles, diphtheria or tuberculosis – they die of illnesses that could easily be cured. Every day, 830 women die from prevental causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99 percent of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.
In 2019, the Red Cross Gala intends to help the most fragile among us: Children and their mothers. Together we can support them in building a better future for themselves.
Improving quality of life worldwide
In 2017, the Swiss Red Cross programmes enabled more than 4 million people in 30 countries to have better access to medical treatment.
The Swiss Red Cross improves the health of children every day in countries like Ghana, Bangladesh, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Ecuador, Honduras and Paraguay. With its programmes, the Red Cross supports women during pregnancy and childbirth, protects children from malnutrition and helps to strengthen women’s rights.