A new report from the World Health Organization lays out a plan to dramatically reduce the number of deaths of children under the age of 5 around the world by 2030, and it calls on the US to be among the first to put money behind it.
Specifically, the WHO wants President Trump's administration to commit $1 billion to the Children's Health Insurance Program, which subsidizes vaccines for low-income children, reports the Washington Post.
The money would come from Trump's promised "fiscal cliff" deal with Congress, which the report says could cut federal spending by $300 billion over 10 years.
The report also calls for other countries to join the US in putting money behind the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health and Well-Being (MNCAH&W) initiative, which the WHO says is " central to the development of a country's human capital and therefore deserves focused attention."
Here's the WHO's full list of what it calls "key reasons" for putting money behind the initiative, which it says would "bring the human capital of these cohorts and the so-called 'demographic dividend' they bring to the future wealth and welfare of societies."
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