In response to "Saving the Children," (Editorial, Dec. 10):
UNICEF's State of the World's Children report, reports that great strides have been made in saving children from malnutrition and infection, but a lot more needs to be done. UNICEF estimates that 38,000 young children are still dying each day, and at least half of those deaths are preventable.
Although I agree with The Times that the U.S. contribution to UNICEF should be larger, I think Congress deserves some credit for refusing to cut it. For several years now, the Administration has asked Congress for a smaller contribution than the year before. Congress has voted for modest increases instead.
In addition, Congress created the Child Survival Fund to carry out UNICEF-recommended programs by direct bilateral assistance grants to friendly nations. In 1986, the fund was doubled to $75 million, in a year when foreign aid was cut by more than $1 billion.