[Video] Without children, there is no future

For people in developing nations, health clinics are often the only link between them and the medicines they so desperately need.

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    A picture of health

    The mood is somber as babies wait to be examined and receive immunizations. I meet Purity, 30, and her 2-year-old son, Sheldon, while they were waiting to be seen. Sheldon suffers from high fever, poor appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting.

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      Caring for two lives: Q & A with a midwife

      “It is not an easy task to perform. I have [responsibility for] two lives at a time -- the mother and the baby,” says Aklima Begum, 48. Aklima lives in Bangladesh and is highly respected in her community. 

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        Malaria: The disease that silences laughter

        Today, I bought a coffin.

        We spent the morning in a village in Mozambique visiting Marita, a dear little girl whose best friend had died of malaria last year.

        Marita was still grieving. She sat quietly while the rest of the children played in high spirits, shouting and laughing through a game of soccer.

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          Malaria: Battling the "plague of the poor"

          Today is World Malaria Day. One of the top killers of children globally, malaria remains a serious threat in African countries like Mozambique -- even though it's completely preventable and treatable, and even though it was eradicated here in the United States more than half a century ago.

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            Malaria: The source of a mother’s torment

            World Malaria Day is coming up on April 25.

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              PHOTOS: A celebration of World Health Day

              Today is World Health Day, a day to celebrate good health and be mindful of children and families around the world who do not have access to proper nourishment or basic health services. Below are photos of Joel, a boy in Uganda whose mother took him to a World Vision health clinic because he was malnourished. (Photos by Simon Peter Esaku/World Vision.)

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                Fast facts on child health

                I’m at that phase in life when a lot of my friends are having babies. Within six weeks, I will have gone to three baby showers! I’m thinking about how many prenatal doctor appointments women have in the United States -- and how many checkups and appointments most newborns have in their first year of life.

                But what if there was no doctor to visit? No hospital or nearby clinic? No family doctor or trained midwife?

                What would happen? Maternal and child mortality rates would go up.

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                  The malaria scare

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                  Nicole Suka gives her 3-year-old son, Yangana, a sip of water as he receives a blood transfusion for his severe case of malaria.

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                    'If he survives' -- memories from Papua New Guinea

                    Tune in to your local ABC station on the evening of December 16 for a special edition of “20/20” with Diane Sawyer and ABC'

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