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Dec 4, 2015

Goat Gives Children in Cunen Their Best Chance

Save the Children
Save the Children

On a rainy afternoon in the La Hacienda community, Cunén, Quiché, “don” Isaías and his wife, “doña” Julia, attended a Save the Children–SC - meeting. There, they were informed about the various activities that would be implemented to improve families’ health, nutrition, and livelihoods. When they heard that they could improve their living conditions, the family registered their daughter, Claudia, in the program.

Days later, they took Claudia to the Program’s monitoring and growth-promotion screening, where they learned that she was underweight for her age. She suffered from chronic malnutrition. When her parents realized this, they worried and they asked Save the Children’s technicians what they could do to improve their daughter’s nutritional condition.

That is how, “don” Isaías, jointly with SC’s Food Security Program and established a plan for the little girl’s recovery. A few months later, “don” Isaías in order to ensure his and his family’s livelihood, started training on how to manage goats. He became interested in this occupation as a means to produce milk and improve his daughter’s nutrition, and received a goat that produced over two glasses of milk per day.                                                

Because they worried about their daughter’s condition, “don” Isaías and “doña” Julia started giving her a glass of milk every day. As time passed, they noticed improvements in the little girl; she grew increasingly active. Thirty days later, she was weighed again by SC’s Food Security Program’s technicians, who stated that her weight had improved.

Her parents were surprised to see how much their little girl had progressed, and they happily followed SC’s technicians' advice. After having drunk milk for over three months, Claudia overcame malnutrition. When “don” Isaías recalls this, he says: “My little girl overcame malnutrition, she is no longer sick, she started growing well and playing more, and we do not have to spend so much to buy medications.”

After some time, the goat went to another family, to provide milk to other children. “don” Isaías tells how he kept one of the goat’s kids, as established by the program. He called this goat La Muñeca (the Doll) and he put much effort in taking care of her. Eighteen months later she had her own offspring and started to produce milk.

Dec 2, 2015

Making an Impact for Children | 2015 Highlights

Save the Children 2015 Highlights
Save the Children 2015 Highlights

Your generous support of Save the Children is an investment in childhood. With you as our partner, we develop and expand proven, evidence-based programs that give girls and boys a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We’re there for children in emergencies, providing child-focused readiness, relief and recovery. And we advocate to ensure issues critical to our children are given top priority. Together, we give children in the United States and around the world the best chance for success, every day and in times of crisis, transforming their lives and the future we all share. Thank you!

Here is an example of our work this year:

Bringing health care home...that’s how Save the Children saves the lives of children through our signature Community Case Management (CCM) program. Most diseases that kill children under age 5 can be easily treated – if only children had access to health services.

In rural areas far from clinics or hospitals, we train and equip community health volunteers to diagnose illnesses and deliver lifesaving, low-cost treatment to children who otherwise might die from common illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria. Volunteers are also trained to refer complicated cases to a health center or hospital.

Save the Children introduced CCM in Nicaragua in 2006 and, today, we reach children in more than 15 countries through this approach. Death rates due to pneumonia, diarrhea and dysentery have dropped by over 50 percent in our project areas in Nicaragua. As a result, the government has adopted CCM as a national policy for communities at least two hours from a health facility.

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Dec 1, 2015

Ebola Response, Recovery & Rehabilitation

Ebola
Ebola

Over a year since the Ebola epidemic began, the outbreak has now killed more people than all previous known outbreaks of the virus combined. Across the three worst-affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, almost 25,000 people, including more than 3,600 children, have now been infected, and over 10,300 have died. At least 16,000 children have lost one or more of their parents to the disease, and many of these children now face being stigmatised by communities fearful of being infected.

Striking some of the weakest health systems in the world, this outbreak took hold in one of the most challenging contexts ever encountered by Save the Children. In order to deal with the crisis effectively, we had to build health infrastructure and information systems from scratch that would normally take years to develop. We have had to be extremely agile, constantly monitoring the situation and quickly revising strategies as conditions change.

Today, transmission of the virus remains widespread in Guinea, and concerns are growing about the risk of the virus spreading, now that borders have been reopened and rivers are low and more easily crossed. We remain vigilant and continue to work in partnership with national governments and other charities to increase awareness and limit the devastation caused by the epidemic.

Over 9 million children live in areas affected by Ebola, and the impact on their communities has been enormous. The three most-affected countries are all recovering from long periods of conflict and instability; the challenges these countries and their people faced were huge, even before Ebola hit. In Liberia, 73% of families have suffered a fall in their income, and an estimated 46% of the country’s workforce are now unemployed as a result of the epidemic, while 180,000 people have lost their jobs in Sierra Leone. This decline, coupled with a dramatic increase in food prices, has left families struggling to buy enough to eat. The fragile health infrastructure collapsed and schools were closed for more than six months. As a result, immunisation programs have faltered, while child labour, sexual exploitation, and teenage pregnancies have all risen dramatically.

We’ve worked in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since the 1990s, and began responding to this emergency in March 2013 conducting community awareness and hygiene promotion to limit the spread. We’re doing whatever it takes to support communities left devastated by this epidemic and we’re in this for the long haul, committed to helping these countries recover for the next three years and beyond. So far we’ve directly reached almost 870,000 people across the affected countries with our life-saving work, and significantly, we are approaching zero-transmissions in Liberia. As we begin to phase out our Ebola emergency response, we want to thank all of our donors and supporters. This wouldn’t have been possible without your support. Thank you.

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