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Jun 4, 2015

Liberia Becomes Ebola-Free

Liberia Children
Liberia Children

Save the Children congratulates Liberia on becoming Ebola-free today after 42 days of no new cases.

“I want to personally commend President Sirleaf and the people of Liberia for achieving this significant milestone,” said Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children USA. “While the battle against Ebola is not over yet, this breakthrough gives us hope that this is, indeed, a winnable fight.”

According to the World Health Organization, West Africa has reported the lowest weekly total of new cases of Ebola this year. However, it is important not to rest on our laurels until all countries in the region are declared Ebola-free.

“While I am confident that we can get to zero cases next in Guinea and Sierra Leone, we should remember that the hard part is just beginning,” Miles added. “Rebuilding these three countries, which have been decimated by this unprecedented outbreak, will require untold resources. It’s vital we keep the spotlight on West Africa for the foreseeable future.”

Save the Children remains committed to working with the governments of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to restore and improve essential health services, invest in robust health systems and outbreak detection & management, break down stigmas around Ebola survivors and orphans, and make up for lost time in schools.

May 13, 2015

Second Quake Risks Emotional Scarring for Children

Nepal Earthquake
Nepal Earthquake

It could take years for some children affected by two deadly earthquakes in Nepal to emotionally recover from the disasters, fears Save the Children as aid agencies work around the clock to prepare communities for the upcoming monsoon season.

“Save the Children is extremely concerned about the emotional wellbeing of children affected by these two earthquakes, and the fear and distress they will feeling after having their lives ripped out from beneath them,” Save the Children Country Director Delilah Borja said.

“The second quake in particular has created a new level of terrifying uncertainty as those affected must now ask themselves if another deadly earthquake is coming.

“Families are opting to sleep in tents, makeshift shelters or out in the open once again rather than at home, either because their homes have been damaged or destroyed or because they are afraid of more aftershocks or another quake. In Kathmandu there are tents and tarps seemingly pitched everywhere. The golf course has become a tent city.”

The Government of Nepal is reporting that at least 65 people have died and nearly 2,000 have been injured following second quake, just two weeks after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed over 8,000 people.

Aid agencies like Save the Children are racing against time to reach the most vulnerable families ahead of the monsoon season, which is due to start within four to six weeks.

“Hundreds of thousands of people could still be homeless when the monsoon rains start, which has the potential to cause a new humanitarian crisis as the risk of disease and illness increases,” Ms Borja said.

“Save the Children is urgently working to distribute temporary shelter, food and water to those worst affected by the earthquakes, even via helicopter and donkey, and has already reached over 76,000 people. We need to be able to use morehelicopters, especially in remote areas, to support our relief effort.”

Save the Children has been working in Nepal since 1976, focusing on education, especially early childhood development and primary education, as well as basic health, including maternal child health and HIV and AIDS prevention and care. The aid agency runs programs in 63 districts of Nepal.

May 7, 2015

320,000 Children Homeless in Nepal

Nepal Earthquake
Nepal Earthquake

One week after the deadly earthquake in Nepal, Save the Children warns that more than a third of a million children face months sleeping out in harsh conditions after their homes were destroyed.

In the most remote mountainous regions, only reachable currently by helicopter, children and babies are sleeping outdoors without any protection from the cold, nighttime temperatures and heavy rainfall.

In more accessible areas tarps, blankets and baby kits have been distributed in temporary displacement camps, but children remain vulnerable to disease from the cold and unsanitary conditions they are living in.

Kesang, a first-time mother speaking from a maternity ward, said she was terrified of taking her new born baby back to sleep outside. "We only have a plastic sheet to cover us and the ground easily becomes flooded – we have to stay standing all night. Disease spreads easily in these conditions, I'm really worried that my baby and I will get sick."

Parents sleeping outside are reporting fevers, outbreaks of diarrhea and the risk of pneumonia. There is also a serious risk from asbestos – many homes and offices in Nepal were built using asbestos and the earthquake has exposed it.

Delailah Borja, Save the Children's Country Director in Nepal, said: "A week on from the earthquake, the full scale of the devastation is just becoming clear. Many of these 320,000 children have lost everything – their homes, their warm clothes and tragically sometimes their families."

"The risk of disease outbreaks and exposure are very real, especially for young children. That is why we are moving fast to get hygiene kits, tarpaulins and warm children's sleeping bags out to everyone who needs it."

Save the Children has distributed much of its existing in-country emergency relief supplies, reaching thousands of people with shelter kits, baby clothes, cooking utensils and more. Three planes and several trucks have been loaded with more supplies in India, Dubai and Philippines and have begun to arrive in Nepal.

Save the Children is also now setting up child-friendly spaces for children to play and be safe in the displacement camps that have sprung up across the affected areas.

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