Global Health

Every child deserves a healthy start in life. Yet nearly 5.6 million children under age 5 die each year from preventable and treatable causes. What’s more, over 150 million children around the world are malnourished, leading to a lifetime of poor health, suffering and even death.

Thanks to you, Save the Children continues to be at the forefront of global efforts to end preventable child deaths, with a focus on maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition, alleviating hunger, and preventing and treating HIV and AIDS. In 2017, we directly reached over 33 million children through our global health programs.

Meet baby Shafiq,* 18 months, here being screened and later treated for malnutrition in Bangladesh. *Name changed for child’s protection. Meet baby Shafiq,* 18 months, here being screened and later treated for malnutrition in Bangladesh. *Name changed for child’s protection. Meet baby Shafiq,* 18 months, here being screened and later treated for malnutrition in Bangladesh. *Name changed for child’s protection. Meet baby Shafiq,* 18 months, here being screened and later treated for malnutrition in Bangladesh. *Name changed for child’s protection.

Your Results: The Highlights








SAVING NEWBORN LIVES

Newborn babies are especially vulnerable. Last year, our health experts in Malawi trained 1,700 frontline health workers, exceeding our target by over 30 percent. They, in turn, cared for 379,000 babies, including successfully resuscitating 19,000. A record 90 percent of low-birthweight babies survived. SEE DETAILS

PREVENTING DEADLY PNEUMONIA

Pneumonia kills two children every minute. We’re working to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of deadly pneumonia with proven programs. In Mozambique, we trained 1,400 community health workers, managing 586,000 cases of pneumonia over three years, saving countless precious lives. SEE DETAILS

GIRLS GROWING UP GREAT

In the DRC, where teen girls face some of the world’s highest rates of pregnancy, maternal mortality and sexual violence, we teach sexual and reproductive health, plus gender equality. In 2017, we reached 6,900 girls, training some as peer group leaders, as well as 2,800 parents and community members. SEE DETAILS

STEMMING CHILD HUNGER

We empower families to provide for their hungry children in places like Nigeria, which not only has the world’s second highest acute malnutrition rate, but is experiencing widespread displacement due to violence. Last year, we reached 266,000 Nigerians in 50,000 households with emergency food programs. SEE DETAILS






















 

The Year’s Top Videos: Global Health

Check out these supporter favorites, showcasing the global health results for children you helped make possible last year. Starting off with how your generosity is helping save newborn babies on the most dangerous day of their lives – their birth day.

Kenneth’s Story: Fighting a Killer with Kindness

Helping Baby Oumar Overcome Hunger

Meet Nirob: Saving Babies in Bangladesh

Brewing a Better World in Nicaragua

Your Results: The Details

SAVING NEWBORN LIVES
Newborn babies are especially vulnerable. Those under 28 days old represent 46 percent of all preventable child deaths. That’s why we’re doing whatever it takes to save newborn lives with proven programs, such as Kangaroo Mother Care, in 34 countries. Last year, we completed a seven-year Johnson & Johnson-funded project in Malawi. Our health experts trained 1,700 frontline health workers, exceeding our training target by over 30 percent. They, in turn, cared for 379,000 babies, including successfully resuscitating 19,000. A record 90 percent of low-birthweight babies survived. These lifesaving practices have been endorsed by the Ministry of Health and will be supported by committed partners to continue saving lives.

PREVENTING DEADLY PNEUMONIA
Pneumonia is eminently preventable and treatable, and yet it kills two children every minute. With your support, we’re working to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia with proven community health care programs in 25 countries. In Mozambique, we engaged local communities and partners to save children from pneumonia, as well as deadly malaria and diarrhea, by improving rapid access to critical services. We supported and trained 1,400 community health workers, managing 586,000 cases of pneumonia over three years, saving countless precious lives.

GIRLS GROWING UP GREAT
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), teen girls face some of the world’s highest rates of pregnancy, maternal mortality and sexual violence. With our Growing Up Great toolkit, we teach girls, ages 15 to 19, about puberty and sexual and reproductive health, plus gender equality. In 2017, we reached 6,900 girls, training some as peer group leaders, as well as 2,800 parents, teachers and community members. Partnering with the Ministries of Health, Education and Social Affairs, we gained support for country-wide adoption, development and monitoring.

STEMMING CHILD HUNGER
We’re empowering families to provide for their hungry children in 28 countries. One of these is Nigeria, which not only has the world’s second highest acute malnutrition rate, but is experiencing widespread displacement due to violence, affecting over 6 million people, more than half of them children. We’ve expanded our emergency food programs, distributing monthly food vouchers, reaching 266,000 people in 50,000 households last year. Thanks to supporters like you, we directly reached over 4.4 million children through our hunger and livelihoods work last year.

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