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Dec 29, 2014

Ebola Survivors Released from Care Center

Lamine* survived Ebola; now we
Lamine* survived Ebola; now we'll help him thrive

Save the Children has discharged the 60th cured Ebola patient from its Sierra Leone treatment center, as survival rates at its health facility continue to rise.

Six-year-old Lamine* was discharged back to the care of his family on Monday, four days after he was admitted to the Save the Children-run treatment facility. Lamine, whose father passed away from Ebola a week ago, tested positive for Ebola on Friday but responded well to treatment and, thanks to the care of the medical teams, quashed the disease quickly.

"Children can be particularly vulnerable to Ebola, and their condition can either improve or deteriorate very rapidly," said Save the Children's Oliver Behn. "Our teams, which include medical teams from Sierra Leone, Save the Children, Cuba and the UK, provide high quality care 24 hours a day, and are making a real difference in increasing Ebola patients' chances of survival, and ensuring more children like Lamine recover."

"The center also ensures dignity and comfort for all patients, namely those who arrive in the terminal stages of the disease," Behn continued.

Lamine* was picked up at Kerry Town by his maternal aunt and uncle on Monday, and reunited with his mother and baby brother that afternoon. On Monday and Wednesday, five other survivors, including six-year-old Aminata* who was critically ill with Ebola and malaria when she was admitted, were also discharged from the center. Six others are currently being discharged today, on Christmas eve.

These successes brought the total number of Ebola survivors at Save the Children's treatment center, so far, to 61. Each survivor receives some money to help them replace the furniture and items they may have had to destroy or have lost, a set of fresh clothes, food rations, and some hygiene items.

It remains vital that patients with symptoms consistent with Ebola be tested and, if confirmed as positive, start treatment as early as possible. The earlier this can be started, the better the chances of defeating the disease.

Mr. Behn said: "Kerry Town has the capacity to test and treat many more patients, and is working closely with the National Ebola Coordination Center and the Ministry of Health to ensure patients who need our medical care are referred as soon and as early as possible."

Survivors are accompanied home by Save the Children staff, who liaise closely with families and communities to ensure they do not face stigma upon their return and instead are given support.

*Names have been changed to protect identity and patient privacy.

Dec 29, 2014

Thank You from Save the Children

How You Helped Infographic
How You Helped Infographic

Dear Friends,

It is a privilege for me to thank you for responding with such compassion in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The support you provided has made it possible for us to stand by children
whose lives were overturned in a single day.

Sandy is a story about great loss, but also about even greater resiliency. What struck me most is
how people coped − from a family that lost everything but was still grateful for having each other
to a teenage boy who lent a hand at one of our Child-Friendly Spaces while schools were closed
as a way to deal with his displacement. 

Our goal has been to bolster that resiliency. From providing food and blankets to setting up
Child-Friendly Spaces in shelters and supplying schools with educational materials, your contributions touched lives in many ways in the weeks after the storm.

We’ve helped child care and community centers resume programming and provided our signature
Journey of Hope program to support children’s and caregivers’ emotional recovery. To date, our
efforts have reached more than 53,000 people, including 39,570 children.

But Save the Children is going one step further. Hurricane Sandy made it clear that we can never be too prepared for emergencies. Today, 90% of American children live in communities at risk of natural disasters. 

Every workday, the safety of nearly 68 million U.S. children is in the hands of school officials and caregivers while parents are on the job. The lesson Sandy drove home is that it is always the poorest families that are hardest hit − those who are least able to withstand the blow of a disaster. While we need to focus our emergency preparedness work to reach all children, we especially need to pay attention to the poorest of communities where there are few or no resources to help evacuate, rebuild or recover.

Thanks to your compassion, families affected by Hurricane Sandy are on a path to recovery.

How You Can Help

Please support Save the Children’s global mission. Your tax-deductible gift gives children in the U.S. and around the world what every child deserves – a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When disaster strikes, we put children's needs first. We advocate for and achieve large-scale change for children. We save children's lives.

Please keep children in your thoughts for a bright new year.

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/save-the-children/

Have a wonderful holiday season.

Happy New Year!

 

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Dec 29, 2014

Save the Children's Work in Myanmar

Our work in Myanmar continues.
Our work in Myanmar continues.

Thank you for your generous support of Save the Children's work in Myanmar. In addition to disaster relief, our efforts have focused primarily on education, health and economic opportunities. A strong commitment to community empowerment has both created sustainability of programs in impact areas and supported the prospects for scaling-up programs to achieve greater national impact through advocacy.

Challenges for Children

Despite Myanmar's natural wealth, a third of its people live in exreme poverty. Myanmar possesses rich natural and human resources but is ranked only 149 out of 187 ciountries on the Human Development Index. With a population of approximately 50 million, Myanmar faces economic challenges, an escalating HIV/AIDS epidemic, and health and education systems that are strained due to limited resources. Children's access to quality education, adequate healthcare, and economic security is increasingly threatened.

Health and Nutrition

More than 90,000 children under five die every year in Myanmar, primarily from just three diseases we know how to prevent or treat. From the moment a child is born in Myanmar, their life chances are threatened.

In some areas where we work, up to 60% of children are underweight — with up to 12% of them acutely malnourished. Children here will live shorter lives than anywhere else in Southeast Asia. But there is hope. In recent years, Save the Children has directly reached nearly three-quarters of a million children and adults with health and child survival programs.

How You Can Help

Please support Save the Children’s global mission. Your tax-deductible gift gives children in the U.S. and around the world what every child deserves – a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When disaster strikes, we put children's needs first. We advocate for and achieve large-scale change for children. We save children's lives.

Please keep children in your thoughts for a bright new year.

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/save-the-children/

Have a wonderful holiday season. Thank you again for your generosity. 

Happy New Year!

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