Gifts to the Friends of Children Fund Have an Impact
The Academy is very grateful to individual members and friends for support of programs and activities which impact on the health of children and add significant value to the pediatric profession. Below are some examples of projects funded through prior gifts to the Friends of Children Fund.
Helping Babies Breathe Initiative
We are on our way to saving the lives of one million babies a year thanks to donations made to the American Academy of Pediatrics Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) initiative. This program currently teaches neonatal resuscitation techniques in resource-limited areas in 10 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The AAP along with partner organizations plans to offer HBB training in more of the 68 countries where 90% of all newborn birth asphyxia deaths occur each year.
Disaster Relief and Preparedness Fund
After the devastating tornados hit Joplin, Missouri and Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2011, the Friends of Children Fund provided assistance to these two chapters. While the immediate needs of the children in these states had been met, the Friends of Children Fund was able to support programs for pediatricians that helped them recognize and treat post-traumatic stress symptoms in their young patients.
Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Obesity prevalence among children aged 6 to 11 increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 increased from 5.0% to 18.1%. Approximately one in five children in the U.S. is considered to be overweight. The American Academy of Pediatrics has created an Obesity Leadership Workgroup and a Provisional Section on Obesity. The AAP has partnered with the
Let's Move Campaign
to create "prescription pads" for pediatricians to prescribe exercise, fruits and vegetables. We have also created information for parents through