Around the world many children have beeninvolved in global issues. These issues affected them tremendously. Some oftheses global issues caused children to contract diseases. There were diseasesthat eventually led to death. Individuals and groups have attempted to reducethe affects of these global issues. Some children have even been permanentlydisabled.
Children had been through many globalissues, such as armed conflicts in the 1990s. According to the chart indocument 1, a child’s life can change dramatically because children arepsychologically traumatized. Also, the chart shows that more than two millionchildren were killed during war in the 1990s. There were even more than sixmillion children that were seriously injured or permanently disabled in the1990s. Children were stripped of their childhood. As reported in document 2,there were a lot of children in which were forced to be child soldiers. Being achild soldier you had no access to an education.
As being a child soldier, manychildren were separated from their families. As stated by the chart in document 4,children under five died from Acute Respiratory Infections, diarrhea, Malaria,and newborns were affected by these issues and died between 2000 and 2003. 19%of the children under the age of five died from Acute Respiratory Infections.
8% died from Malaria. Lastly, 17% died from diarrhea, which could have beencause by infections. Reported by the World Health Organization, approximatelymore that 10 million children die each year under the age of five. As stated indocument 5, there have been millions of the children in developing places thathave died from pneumonia, diarrhea that you can infer that they most likely hadan infection, and measles. Water is also contaminated with parasites indeveloping places, which would soon infect children with diseases andeventually kill them since the children used the water on a daily basis. As reported in document 2, it is toldthat on February 12, 2002 a treaty was signed.
The treaty was titled ” TheOptional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on theinvolvement of children in armed conflict”. Approximately 167 countries hadagreed to the treaty and wanted to cooperate. This treaty legally protected therights of the children and helped prevent them from being child soldiers.States will no longer enroll any child under 18 to send them to battle. Anychild under the age of 18 that volunteers to battle is excluded. Being thatchildren were getting sick easily in developing nations and were unable to getany vaccines an individual stepped in and wanted to assist.
As stated indocument 5, being that children easily get sick in developing places, BillGates decided to donate $100 million in late 1998. The $100 million were to beused to create a program that can be used to get new and underusedimmunizations to the poorest countries for the children. After a year hadpassed Bill Gates had decided to donate another $750 million to help launch anew extreme structure that would be used for improving immunizations forchildren and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, which is knownas GAVI.These documents support my conclusionthat children have been affected by many occurrences. From being forced to bechild soldiers to dying from horrible diseases.
Bill Gates was an individualthat played a great role in helping children get their immunizations. Globalissues have affected children tremendously.