Global Health Results
Every child deserves a healthy start in life. Yet an estimated 5.4 million children under age 5 still die each year from preventable causes – about 15,000 per day. Leading causes include pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and complications during labor and delivery, with malnutrition as an underlying contributor. Nearly half die within the first month of life. The world knows how to prevent these deaths. In fact, more children are surviving today than at any time in history. The challenge is that proven lifesaving services aren’t reaching the children most in need. We’re working to change all this – and save more lives.
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. In 2018, we directly reached 28 million children through our global health programs.
Your Results: The Highlights
NOURISHMENT FOR LIFE
The first 1,000 days – from the start of a woman’s pregnancy through her child’s second birthday – is a critical window of opportunity for development, creating the foundation for a healthy lifetime. Through programs like NOURISH in Cambodia, funded by USAID, we’re working to improve nutrition for mothers and children, reaching 500,000 each year. Recent results show stunting has been reduced from 34.3% to 27.8%, and children maintaining a sufficient diet increased by 25%.
CHILDHOOD KILLER NO MORE
Malaria remains a leading cause of preventable death for Mali’s young children. We’re working with partners on the USAID Services de Santé à Grand Impact project to support the government’s annual malaria prevention campaign, delivering four rounds of preventative medicine in the rainy season, when transmission is most likely. In 2018, we exceeded our goal, reaching an average of 556,000 children under age 5 each round. That’s half a million precious children more likely to survive and thrive.
FAMILY PLANNING SAVES LIVES
Family planning can prevent one in five child deaths by empowering women to postpone or space pregnancies at healthy intervals. In some of the world’s toughest places, like Syria and Yemen, we’re increasing access to quality family planning services for adolescents and postpartum women. In three years, we helped 250,000 women in humanitarian settings in 10 countries, and we trained 350 providers to deliver effective, long-acting family planning methods. In northeast Kenya, we developed and are engaging with partners to roll out an innovative approach to reach nomadic populations through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Contraception Without Borders project.
STEMMING CHILD HUNGER
Through our hunger and livelihoods programs, we directly reached 4.7 million vulnerable people, including 2.5 million children, across 24 countries last year. Our results showed improvements in household poverty, child nutritional status, hunger and dietary diversity. For example, through our five-year, USAID-funded PAISANO food security program in Guatemala, which reached 27,000 families, we helped decrease the prevalence of poverty by 29% and child stunting by 5%. Across eight emergency food security programs, we helped decrease moderate to severe hunger by 36%.
Pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of death in children worldwide. We host the Pneumonia Innovations Network (PIN), a global platform of over 1,000 individuals committed to ending pneumonia deaths. Together, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Save the Children’s Innovation Fund and the Volo Foundation, we’re building evidence in Mozambique and Pakistan on using lung ultrasound to identify pneumonia in low-resource settings, with the potential to revolutionize pneumonia diagnosis and save millions of lives.
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