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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Maybe not if your dining room is the dump that also serves as your community's only toilet. Yet for Lucky and other children who live in Sanjay Colony in Delhi, India, that's the harsh reality.
Sanjay Colony is a warren of decrepit houses and open sewers. The 11 thousand residents lack even the most basic sanitation, making the area a breeding ground for diseases like diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria — often fatal for young children.
Yes, these diseases can be inexpensively treated, but that cost is still too high for families who live in extreme poverty. And even though Sanjay residents are entitled to free care at government hospitals, they rarely seek help there, some because they're unaware they can, others because they know the facilities are understaffed and lack critical resources.
But Lucky is lucky, because, once a week, a Save the Children-supported mobile health clinic visits Sanjay Colony. Staffed by a doctor, nurses and a pharmacist, the clinic provides diagnosis, treatment and advice on medical conditions and nutrition.
Together with a network of community health volunteers, also supported by Save the Children, the clinic reduces the chance of late or misdiagnosed illness — like the malnutrition that kills so many of India's children. And it ensures community residents, like little Lucky, get the care they need.
Kids like Lucky are why we're dedicated to helping children in need. We work in poor and vulnerable communities in countries from America to Zimbabwe — saving one child at a time. Our caring staff helps provide lifesaving care for newborns, feed hungry children, educate girls and boys, fight child trafficking and respond to catastrophic disasters worldwide.
Sadly, we know firsthand that there are far too many children who aren't getting the help they need. And that's where YOU come in. Without compassionate people like you, children like Lucky go without.