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CHAPTER 5Give All Children Healthy Futures

Children are one-third of our population and all of our future.

— SELECT PANEL FOR THE PROMOTION OF CHILD HEALTH,1981

Growing Commitment to Child Health

Do you remember going kicking and screaming to the doctor’s office when you were a child? One six-year-old’s screams routinely echo through the pediatrician’s office whenever the needle nears her arm. On a recent car ride to the clinic for a booster shot, she was accompanied by her three-year-old brother, who looked into her fear-stricken face and solemnly observed, “Uh-oh. Shots time.”

Half a world away in Cambodia, another six-year-old shrinks back in fear as the needle nears her arm to inject a measles vaccine. Despite her cries, the moment represents ...

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