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02 Nov 2017 description
report Save the Children

Executive summary


Writing in 1901, William Osler, one of the founders of modern medicine, described pneumonia as “the captain of the men of death”. He was writing about the USA, where the disease was a major killer of children – and a source of fear for their parents. Pneumonia remains a “captain of the men of death”. No infectious disease claims the lives of more children. Today, almost all of the victims are in low- and middle-income countries. The vast majority are poor.

16 Jun 2017 description
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New Analysis from Leading Humanitarian, Development and Global Health Organizations Calculates the Devastating Human Costs of Cuts to Foreign Assistance

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06 Mar 2017 description

“Investing in a response now is an investment for the future”

(MAPUTO, 2 March 2017) - Aid agencies are calling on the international community to assist communities affected by Cyclone Dineo following yesterday’s launch of an appeal by the United Nations.

The agencies work together as the COSACA, a consortium of humanitarian NGOs composed by Concern Worldwide, Oxfam, Save the Children and CARE supporting the Government of Mozambique. The appeal for USD10.2 million will support 150,000 people with lifesaving assistance for the next three months.

26 Jul 2016 description
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Tuesday 26 July 2016

Save the Children calls for critical support for the South African Development Community regional humanitarian appeal

As a result of one the strongest and most destructive El Niño phenomena ever recorded, the lives of 26.5 million children are now at risk of high levels of malnutrition, water shortages, and disease across 10 countries in eastern and southern Africa.

17 Mar 2016 description

Donors and Southern African governments must act swiftly, collaboratively, and generously in responding to the South African Development Community’s (SADC) announcement of a regional drought emergency triggered by El Nino, warn Oxfam, Save the Children and CARE.

In a statement this week, SADC Council has approved a ‘Declaration of the Regional Drought Disaster’. Approximately 28-30 million people in Southern Africa now face severe levels of hunger and food insecurity. If no action is taken, that number could rise quickly to 49 million.

25 Mar 2015 description
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Adolescents are a neglected group in terms of nutrition. In some countries up to a half of adolescents are malnourished. Yet optimal nutrition during adolescence – a period of rapid physical growth – is crucial.

Urgent action is needed to address adolescent malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries. And given the high numbers of adolescent girls who give birth and of girls under 18 who get married, it is imperative that – in order to break the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition – nutrition interventions target adolescent girls.

23 Oct 2013 description
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(Makati, Philippines - October 23, 2013) Dramatic gains in child health in the Philippines now risks progress stalling unless inequality is tackled with urgency, Save the Children says. In its new report released today, 'Lives on the Line', the Philippines was ranked 31 out of 34 on the EVERY ONE Index, which ranks countries based on reduction in child deaths, equity and sustainability.

19 Apr 2013 description
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By Dominique Bovens, Save the Children in Mozambique

Members of the Sangene community in the flood-affected Chokwe district of Mozambique wait patiently in the shade of a large tree as the Save the Children team registers the most vulnerable families.

Families living in trees

Some families are living in trees, others are sleeping in houses that have collapsed as a consequence of the floods.

11 Apr 2013 description
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On his second day in Mozambique, Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, visits flood-affected communities in Chokwe Province to see Save the Children’s relief work in action.

Day Two is really Day One as I arrived in Mozambique late yesterday afternoon.

It is a long flight – eight hours from Heathrow to Addis Ababa and then five hours plus from Addis to Maputo, Mozambique’s capital. Thank goodness for the kindness of the Air Ethiopia staff as night flights can be a gruelling journey.

Enough food for everyone IF

13 Dec 2012 description
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No child should be denied their right to immunisation – but millions still are

One child in five misses out on basic vaccinations.

Immunisation for All identifies country-level strategies to reach the unreached. And it identifies factors at the global level that will help to create a more conducive environment for countries to achieve and sustain universal immunisation coverage.

16 Oct 2012 description
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World's poorest children at risk from rising food prices

Millions of children in the world’s poorest countries are at risk from rising global food prices which are teetering dangerously close to their highest level in history.

Our new report, A High Price to Pay, released today on World Food Day, finds factors like climate change, population growth, and land being given over to biofuel production, are contributing to sharply rising and volatile prices.

22 Aug 2012 description
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Sacred Heart School's Summer Students Sketch Storybook Illustrations for Save the Children's Global Literacy Program

WESTPORT, Conn. (August 21, 2012) — Students from high-tech Silicon Valley are going low-tech to boost reading skills of young children in developing countries.

Summer students at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, Calif. put pencil and paint to paper over the past two weeks in an illustration workshop to create storybook drawings for children in some of the most under-resourced pockets of Africa and Asia.

18 Jun 2012 description
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Six million more to go hungry because of global economic crisis, Save the Children says

Six million more people will go hungry as a result of the global economic crisis Save the Children revealed today as leaders prepared to meet at the G20 conference in Mexico. With the developed world’s finances in turmoil, the charity says the knock-on effects are stretching far beyond Europe’s borders, hitting the most vulnerable families in poorer countries hard.

16 May 2012 description
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One Little Life at a Time: Emergency Response in the Horn of Africa

In 2011, people in the Horn of Africa asked only one question: When will the rains return?

After two years of drought, 13 million people (half of them children) are still hungry and at risk of malnutrition—or worse. Families now depend on humanitarian aid to survive, many sheltered in the camps on the borders of Ethiopia and Kenya.

06 Mar 2012 description
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“Will the outcome of this conversation be like seeds thrown in dry sand, or like seeds planted in moist soil”?

These were the closing words from a villager in rural Gaza province, Mozambique, as we left his village.

It’s a pertinent question here in the Limpopo river basin, an area prone to cyclical disasters including floods, cyclones and drought.

Assessing people’s needs

I am here to assess needs following cyclone Dando, which hit Mozambique in January this year.

22 Feb 2012 description

New World Bank Evaluation Shows Early Childhood Programs Help Children Thrive and Learn More in Rural Africa

Recent Press Releases and Statements

Media Contact:
Eileen Burke, Save the Children, eburke@savechildren.org, 203-216-0718
Phil Hay, The World Bank, phay@worldbank.org, 202-473-1796

06 Oct 2011 description

Executive summary

Children with disabilities from around the world are suffering from sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and verbal sexual abuse. This affects both boys and girls. It is a gross violation of their rights.

07 Dec 2010 description
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Save the Children's HEART program uses the arts to promote children's development and well-being by providing them with a creative means of expression.

The program is targeted to children living in countries and communities affected by conflict, violence, HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty. Children, some so young they don't yet have the language skills, learn how to use the arts to give voice to their emotions about difficult events in their everyday lives.

29 Nov 2010 description
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Video Highlights New Hope for Children Affected by HIV and AIDS as U.S. Efforts to Empower African Community Groups Pay Off

Media Contacts:

Tanya Weinberg 202.640.6647

WESTPORT, Conn. (Nov.