Author: Save the Children International

A Superhero for Every Child

Save the Children and BAFTA award-winning film makers Don’t Panic unveiled a powerful short film to help raise global awareness of the millions of children struggling to survive in some of the poorest and most disadvantaged communities on the planet. A staggering 17,000 children under-five are still dying every day from easily preventable causes such as malaria and diarrhea, suffering from poor or non-existent access to medicines and skilled health workers, in regions and countries where extreme poverty is widespread. The film ‘Superheroes’ follows a group of journalists investigating multiple sightings of ‘flying figures’ – real life health workers that many children regard as superheroes. The film crew have heard the stories of these mythical figures and are on their trail, determined to be the first to capture evidence of these anonymous protagonists on camera. Travelling across the globe, from Mexico to Kenya to India, the crew document the moving stories of young boys and girls who claim to have been saved by these elusive heroes.These are real children – not actors – but children …

Survival Odds Improving for Mothers and Newborns in Ethiopia

By Liya Kebede I never considered my mother a gambler, but looking back to my earliest days in Ethiopia, I realize that the likelihood of my mother and me both dying during childbirth was alarmingly high. When I was born, the lifetime risk of a mother dying during pregnancy or childbirth in Ethiopia was about 1 in 14. Fortunately, the odds have improved a lot since then. In fact, according to Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers report, Ethiopia has made enormous progress in helping mothers and young children survive. Since 2000, Ethiopia has reduced its lifetime risk of maternal death by nearly two-thirds (from 1 in 24 to 1 in 67) – more than any other country on the African continent. Ethiopia also has reduced deaths of children under 5 by more than half since 2000. Relative to other countries, Ethiopia has leaped over more than a dozen countries in improving survival rates of mothers and young children. However, with up to 90 percent of all Ethiopian mothers still giving birth at home, we continue to face major health challenges, …

ETHIOPIA: ENDING NEWBORN DEATHS

By Haile Gebrselassie, Save the Children Child Ambassador, two-time Olympic Champion and four-time World Champion. Ethiopia, my country, is the cradle of humanity. The first stone tools were found here and Lucy, a 3 million year old skeleton and the first Homo sapiens, was found in the village of Hadar, on the southern edge of the Afar triangle. Our history is ancient and continuous. We are fiercely proud of the fact that we are the only African nation never to have been colonised. But like every nation our history is chequered and we have suffered. In 1983, when I was ten years old, the first flames of hunger were flickering throughout Ethiopia. It was that year my mother died due to birth related complications. In those days, in my village, this was not very unusual. My mother died following birth complications. The women of the village tried to help, but when I think back I realise that none of them really knew what they were doing. In so many ways, we have made progress in saving …

Race for Survival – Take Action!

Every five seconds, a child dies needlessly from preventable causes and Save the Children’s Global Day of Action on October 23rd is shining a light on the gross injustice of preventable child deaths and pushing for accelerated progress to save children’s lives. This year over 50,000 children in more than 67 countries – from Iraq, to Nepal to Ethiopia – will participate in a global relay race to call on their leaders to take urgent action in the fight against preventable child deaths. Save the Children today launched a star-studded film called “Race for Survival”, featuring Hollywood star, Isla Fisher, former Kenyan world record holder, Patrick Makau Musyoki, Bollywood megastar, Kunal Kapoor and US actor, Cameron Boyce. The short film, aimed at galvanising world action against preventable child death, has each of the stars running a leg of a relay race, in different corners of the world. The race kicks off in Kenya, with athlete Patrick Makau Musyoki, deftly gliding through rural countryside. Cut to Bollywood’s Kunal Kapoor as he charges past ruins on the outskirts of …

Saving 3.7 million lives by 2015

Save the Children, Family Care International, PATH, Women Deliver and World Vision International: In the 5 days world leaders gather at the UN General Assembly, close to 100,000 children and 4,000 women will die unnecessarily. We could be the generation that ends preventable child and maternal deaths, eradicates hunger and rids the world for good of the scandal of extreme poverty. But to do so will require a resolute focus on the hardest to reach and will only happen if we tackle the inequalities that are trapping the poorest and most marginalised people in poverty. In 2000, world leaders came together to promise an end to the scandal of children dying from preventable causes like, malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea and malnutrition and women dying from preventable causes in pregnancy or child birth. By signing up to the Millennium Declaration, the world made a pledge to cut the rate of children under 5 dying by two-thirds and the rate of women dying by three-quarters. We now have less than 1000 days left to meet MDGs 4 and …