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.
Apr 13, 2010

Haiti Relief Efforts- 3 Months

Save the Children plans to provide emergency assistance to save lives, alleviate suffering, and support the recovery of 800,000 people (including 470,000 children) affected by the 12 January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. We plan to transition into longer term rehabilitation and reconstruction to ensure a better future for Haiti’s children.

Number of beneficiaries we plan to reach: 800,000 Number of total beneficiaries reached so far: *553,009

*number includes distributed medical supplies and medicines to support beneficiaries over 6 wk period. Please note that the beneficiary numbers have not been updated since sitrep 32 as the team is currently going through an exercise of verifying numbers.

Apr 13, 2010

Timely Treatment Helps Wilmer Survive Pneumonia


In Remote Nicaragua, Timely Treatment Helps Wilmer Survive Pneumonia-

When children in many remote mountain communities in Nicaragua face a health crisis, help is no longer hours away by foot or horseback.

With donors' support, Save the Children is training and equipping community health workers to deliver front-line care to children right in their homes. Our goal is to save more of the 24,000 children who die daily worldwide from preventable or treatable illnesses through simple, low-cost interventions.

Wilmer, 2, whose family lives far in the hills of Nicaragua, was one of the many children your support helps us reach. Because Save the Children trained Natividad, a local community health worker, and provided her with a kit of essential medicines and supplies, Wilmer was diagnosed and treated for pneumonia before his condition became life-threatening.

Wilmer had recurrent bouts of pneumonia. "The first time it happened I was very scared," said his mother, Maximina. "I thought he might die."

Maximina learned from Natividad how to recognize pneumonia's symptoms. When Wilmer began showing these danger signals she took him to Natividad's home.

Natividad gave Wilmer an antibiotic and instructed Maximina to provide regular doses for the next week. Natividad also urged Maxima to make sure Wilmer was well-fed, drinking liquid, and stayed warm and dry.

Wilmer started improving the next day and, when Natividad came to visit five days later, she was pleased to see how well he was recovering.

"I am very grateful for Natividad's help and to all those who support this health program," said Maximina.

Photo Caption: Maximina, left, listens to community health worker Natividad. Through Save the Children's training and supplies, Natividad is able to diagnose and treat pneumonia – the world's number-one killer of children.

Apr 13, 2010

Save the Children- 2009 Afghanistan

Numbers at a Glance-

• One Afghan child in four dies before her or his fifth birthday, many of preventable causes.

• About 85% of women give birth at home with untrained attendants; the number is much higher in rural areas.

• 30% of healthcare facilities are without any women health professionals: doctors, nurses and midwives.

• 100,000 teachers are needed in Afghanistan, including 48,000-plus new women teachers, if there is to be an essential increase in girls’ enrollment and retention in school.

• Only one woman teacher in three has the required education; some 27,000 current teachers will need support to increase their knowledge and teaching skills.

• The vast majority of rural parents do not understand child development. According to a recent Save the Children survey, only 19% of mothers believe play is useful to promote learning and only 4% believe that it readies a child for school; no fathers understood that play helped their children’s cognitive development. Almost all adults think corporal punishment and verbal berating are acceptable ways to discipline children.

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