UNICEF Advocate Kareena Kapoor Khan Talks About The “Every Child Alive Campaign!
"Having a child is like letting a piece of your heart walk out of your body, forever," gushed a jubilant Kareena in an interview. Motherhood surely has changed Kareena in a big way! The ever so professional, hardworking gal has become more aware of what it takes to raise a child.
As a UNICEF Advocate, Kareena launched the “Every Child Alive” campaign one which speaks about the harsh reality of the deaths of millions of newborns owning to improper care and malnourishment.
Says Kareena, “In our part of the world, one million babies die every year in their first month of life. 2,800 newborns dye every day in South Asia before they even reach the age of one month! This is both overwhelming and totally unacceptable to me, especially knowing that these deaths are preventable! UNICEF has launched its Every Child Alive campaign this Tuesday to speak out against this harsh reality. In South Asia, one in every 36 babies dies within a month. The latest UNICEF data shows that no region in the world is more dangerous than South Asia for newborns.”
Talking about the endeavor she adds, “It is both possible and doable to keep many more babies alive and healthy. The governments are doing everything they can to ensure adequate service delivery. However, I would like to reiterate that it is not only about governments doing their bit but it is about civil society taking relevant and collective action. As mothers and societies, we need to do three things. It is time that we all make collective efforts to save newborns in the region.South Asia can become a region where it is very safe to be born. It is not that difficult. It is not that complicated. So, let’s get to work for our newborns.”
So, what would be the one valuable advice she would give to mothers? She says, "We need to look after our girls just as well as we look after our boys. As females ourselves, it is incredibly sad that baby girls do not always get the same care that baby boys do. If your baby girl becomes unwell, get help for them just as quickly as you would do for a boy."