Today, on the day thatthe AU/EU summit
opens,more than 13,000 African children under the age of five will
die, most from easily preventable illnesses, Save the Children said.
Save the Childrencalled on African
leaders to fulfil their promises made in Abujain 2001 to spend at
least 15% of their annual budgets on health.
Martin Kirk, Save the Children's Head
of Campaigns and Advocacy, said: "Almost five million children under
the age of five die each year in sub-Saharan Africa.
"The majority of these deaths are caused
by diarrhoea, pneumonia andmalaria - illnesses that are easy