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May 16, 2012

Born Too Soon

Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth features the first-ever estimates of preterm birth rates by
country and is authored by a broad group of 45 international multi-disciplinary experts from 11 countries, with almost 50 organizations in support. This report is written in support of all families who have been touched by preterm birth. This report is written in support of the Global Strategy for Women’s and children’s health and the efforts of every Woman every child, led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Premature babies can be saved now with feasible, cost-effective care
•     Historical data and new analyses show that deaths from preterm birth complications can be reduced by over three-quarters even without the availability of neonatal intensive care.
•     Inequalities in survival rates around the world are stark: half of the babies born at 24 weeks (4 months early) survive in high-income countries, but in low-income settings, half the babies born at 32 weeks (two months early) continue to die due to a lack of feasible, cost-effective care, such as warmth, breastfeeding support, and basic care for infections and breathing difficulties.
•     Over the last decade, some countries have halved deaths due  to preterm birth by ensuring frontline workers are skilled in the care of premature babies and improving supplies of life-saving commodities and equipment.

Download the PDF to read this comprehensive report.

Authors: March of Dimes, PMNCH, Save the Children, WHO. Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth. Eds CP Howson, MV Kinney, JE Lawn. World Health Organization. Geneva, 2012.


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May 16, 2012

Claudia and Luis Get a Goat

Claudia, Luiz and Muneca
Claudia, Luiz and Muneca

Julia Hernandez Lux and Isaias De Leon Hernandez live in the community of La Hacienda in Guatemala with their seven children. Isaias works as a carpenter as he does not have access to enough land to farm.

When the Save the Children-sponsored PROMASA began its activities in La Hacienda in 2007, The Hernandez's 1-year-old daughter Claudia Lizeth was malnourished and underweight.

Through the program, the family started a home garden which provided extra food and income for the family. Then in 2008, the family received a goat that at the beginning produced more than 2 glasses of milk daily. One glass was always set aside for little Claudia Lizeth.

With the fresh milk and vegetables, Claudia started gaining weight. After three months, she was fully recovered from malnutrition. 

Her father Isaias recalls "she started growing normal, was not getting sick any more, and we no longer had to buy her medicines".

The Hernandez family gave the first goat to another family, but kept a female kid (baby goat) called Muñeca (Doll). In less than 2 years, the family had other kids and more milk thanks to improved breeding.

Muñeca provides about a half gallon of milk per day. Claudia's little brother, Luis Armando, is a healthy toddler and enjoys his milk every day. Plus, the family sells surplus milk to neighbors, helping the Hernandez children's playmates.

May 16, 2012

Final Project Report

Photo credit: Jeff Holt / Save the Children
Photo credit: Jeff Holt / Save the Children

Thank you for all your support for project Provide a School with Fresh, Clean Water. This is our final report for this project.

With the support of donors like you, Save the Children has:

  • Repaired two latrines, built two new latrines, installed two urinals for boys, built five hand washing points (four for children and one for teachers). And for the first time, children at the school now have clean, safe drinking water!
  • Provided health education, vitamins, vision screening, de-worming medicines and other basic health services to children at the school.
     
  • Installed a deep tubewell (DTW) and held court-yard sessions to teach the community about personal hygiene.

Thank you again for your support. Please consider supporting one of Save the Children's other projects. You can find a complete list of our active projects here: https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/832/save-the-children-federation/.

 
   

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