Save the Children Federation

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for children. Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
Nov 2, 2011

Tubewells improve health in Bangladesh

Tubewell
Tubewell

Daxmin Paschhim Amtoli is a small village in Bangladesh with approximately 35 households.

Before support from the GlobalGiving community, Daxin Paschhim Amtoli had very little access to clean water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene.  Women had to travel a long way to the nearest Government Primary School, which was difficult and particularly risky for pregnant women. 

Most of the households didn’t use sanitary latrines or keep drinking water and food covered. As a result, most of the people suffered from diarrhea, especially the children.

With the help of Global Giving, the community installed a deep tubewell (DTW) and held court-yard sessions to teach the community about personal hygiene. Now, the community takes an active role in cleaning and maintaining the DTW and has installed household latrines and a soak well at their own cost.

With access to safe drinking water, sanitary latrines and information on personal hygiene, families in Daxmin Paschhim Amtoli are free from diarrheal diseases. 

Nov 1, 2011

Merlin reaching over 1.7 million in East Africa

Safe at one of our therapeutic feeding centers
Safe at one of our therapeutic feeding centers

In Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, failed harvests, volatile security and rising food prices have led to soaring malnutrition rates, illness and deaths. Famine has been declared in six of eight regions in Somalia.  By increasing the number of health facilities, mobile clinics and hospitals Merlin supports and by expanding the reach of our vaccination, nutrition and health care programs, Merlin is helping hundreds of thousands of people.

What is a ‘famine’?

 Technically, a famine is declared if:

  • 20% of the population is predicted to face extreme food shortages and have a limited ability to cope.
  • More than 30% of children are acutely malnourished.
  • Either four children die for every 10,000 children, or two adults die per 10,000, due to food insecurity.

Merlin's Activites

In Somalia: Merlin, is one of the only health agencies able to operate in Somalia.  We are supporting primary health care and nutrition services in Central Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland.

  • In Galgaduud, Central Somalia, 6 health facilities, 21 outreach teams and 4 mobile health teams have reached 1,600 patients in three months.
  • Primary health and nutrition activities have begun in 14 more remote villages, as well as 5 health facilities in Galgaduud.
  • An additional 17 health facilities have been identified for Merlin to renovate and refurbish, which will enable Merlin to offer continued healthcare to local populations.

Merlin’s work in Somalia is targeting 587,100+ people

In Kenya: In North, South & Central Turkana, we have scaled up to 76 outreach sites and 33 health facilities, all supervised by Merlin’s nutrition officers. 

  • Merlin has helped in screening 7,960 children for malnutrition.
  • 993 severely malnourished children have been placed within our intensive care feeding programs.
  • Merlin is supporting health workers in 4 nutrition stabilization units to provide 24-hour care for severely malnourished children with medical complications.
  • A general, blanket supplementary feeding program has begun, distributing food supplements to over 9,110 children and pregnant women.

Merlin’s work in Kenya is targeting 485,000 people

In Ethiopia: Merlin is providing a range of health and nutrition services in the Somali and Oromiya Regions.

  • Merlin has provided basic health care to over 3,900 people in the Somali region in three months through mobile clinics and stabilization centers for severely malnourished children.
  • Sanitation campaigns have targeted over 9,000 beneficiaries people.
  • Three 2,642 gallon water bladders have been installed in refugee camps in Somali Region.
  • Staff trained to train communities in prevention and early identification of malnutrition.

 Merlin’s work in Ethiopia is targeting over 637,600 people

The Future

 In Kenya, the long awaited rains have caused extensive flooding and Merlin has undertaken need assessments enabled our health teams to plan and respond in the best way. This additional response has now begun.  The food crisis and famine is expected to spread across the entire south in the next two months, with over 750,000 people at risk of dying by the end of the year.

With a recurring gift, we can do even more

Merlin will work with the most vulnerable people for as long as we are needed but to best serve these communities we need your continued support.  As the Holidays approach, please consider making a recurring gift to this appeal to help us work through this Crisis.

Thank you for any further gift you can give.

Merlin clinic in Kebele, Ethiopia
Merlin clinic in Kebele, Ethiopia
A child is confirmed as malnourished
A child is confirmed as malnourished

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Oct 31, 2011

Facts and Stats About Our Progress

Guatemala Goats Project
Guatemala Goats Project

During this past quarter GlobalGiving donations were used to support the purchase 28 pure breed goats (20 female, 8 males) from Mexico. These animals will be used for the improvement of local breeds  and increasing milk production for at least 1600 goat-owner families.

Goat milk is an important source of animal protein for young children, in addition to increasing their sense of caring for animals.

A recent formal, external evaluation of Save the Children’s activities determined that chronic malnutrition among beneficiary children (less than 5 years old) of Save the Children food security activities in the highlands of Guatemala was reduced from 78.2% (August 2006) to 70.3% (August 2011).

Save the Children and the rural indigenous population of Quiché are grateful for GlobalGiving donations in support of this relatively simple, sustainable initiative in favor of reducing malnutrition.

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