Health Care

Close to 6.9 million children under the age of five die each year (WHO). Shockingly, 70% of these children could be saved if provided with simple, affordable healthcare options. Preventable diseases or conditions such as malnutrition, infection, and a lack of clean drinking water contribute to most instances of child mortality. In fact, the three largest causes of child mortality - pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria - are easily treatable with proper medical attention.  Children aren’t the only ones at risk - some 280,000 women die every year from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth (WHO). Like many causes of child mortality, these complications are often preventable.

As part of the SOS Children’s Villages commitment to providing quality health care to local communities, SOS runs medical centers in areas where no medical services are available. Oftentimes SOS Medical Centers are the only source of maternal and pediatric medicine available to families in need. At present, SOS Children’s Villages runs over 60 medical centers around the world that offer vaccinations, classes on hygiene, treatments for HIV/AIDS, and mental health and therapy services.

Watch the video below to see how SOS Medical Centers play an integral role in communities in need.