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Living in a remote village in Bangladesh, Nirob was malnourished, had received no vaccines, and suffered from persistent diarrhea – a potentially fatal childhood disease when untreated. Lack of medical care in his village meant he was likely to be one of the 18,000 children under 5 years old who die every day, most from preventable causes.
Thanks to Save the Children, Nirob is today not just a healthy 5-year-old, but a loving big brother about to start school. When he was a newborn, Nirob’s mother’s only dream was that he live another day. Now, she can dream about his future.
The first time Save the Children met Nirob, he was malnourished and sick. His family struggled to grow enough to eat and couldn't afford to buy fuel for cooking or blankets or clothing to keep them warm. We continued to visit Nirob and his family for two and half years. Watch the video below and learn more about Nirob's journey from malntrution to a child with a future:
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Providing U.S. Kids Healthy Choices
Across the United States, families are struggling to feed their children healthy meals. In rural communities, 52 percent of children living in poverty are overweight or obese. Our Healthy Choices program enables children to be physically active and grow their nutrition knowledge.
Growing Up Strong and Healthy
Save the Children works to improve health and nutrition of mothers, newborn babies and children, with special attention to poor and vulnerable communities. We work in hard-to-reach and impoverished communities, as well as with families hard hit by natural disasters and conflict.
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Unsanitary conditions, lack of health awareness, and unclean water mean that babies like Nirob who lived beyond their first few days are likely to develop diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid or other preventable waterborne diseases. Because of lack of needed treatment, they are also likely to die.
You can help Save the Children reduce the world’s still-too-high infant mortality rates by supporting the work we do every day.
Every minute, a child dies because of dirty water and poor hygiene.
40 million women give birth without a trained health provider.
Preventable newborn deaths kill 2 million babies each year.
Around 1 million babies die childbirth from lack of healthcare.
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