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Sierra Leone: training a central pillar in Ebola fight

Thursday 26 February 2015 by Clara Hawkshaw

It isn’t until you arrive at Save the Children’s Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerry Town that you start to really appreciate the scale of the operation, and the number of people involved in making sure that it runs safely.

Over 600 national and more than 100 international staff work in this specialist medical centre 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Most of the staff fall under two teams: Clinical and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene). The Clinical teams include national and international doctors and nurses from Sierra Leone and countries all over the world, including the UK.

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Can governments agree a fairytale ending for all?

Thursday 26 February 2015 by Helen Morton

The story of the Millennium Development Goals agreed in the year 2000 has a touch of the fairy tale about it: absolute poverty halved, 50 million more children in school, 14,000 fewer child deaths each day. Magic. The story and its statistics are, rightly, a much loved development achievement.

But equally compelling is the less reported tale of the past 15 years: billions of people left behind, masked inequalities and growing gaps between rich and poor.

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Guinea: Ebola survivors united by adversity and friendship

Monday 23 February 2015 by Mike McCusker

An empty crèche for Ebola infants is a sign of a disease in decline but, for Yvonne and Matena, it also sparks vivid memories.
Both women are nurses at the Save the Children-run facility in Macenta, Guinea. They show me round the facility, where they’ve been looking after children who have lost parents or caregivers to Ebola, offering daily care and support until they can be reunited with their families.

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From small indignities to tragedy: The daily realities of unaffordable medicines

Friday 20 February 2015 by Mihir Mankad

This week I’m in Geneva at the 2015 Social Forum hosted by the UN Human Rights Council. The focus of this year’s event is access to medicines and the human right to health. If you follow me on Twitter or have read my blog, you’ll know that these are two of my favourite things…

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The daily challenge of delivering life-saving healthcare in rural Zimbabwe

Thursday 19 February 2015 by Anne Quesney

I’ve just returned from Zimbabwe, a country that has remained under the radar in recent years but is visibly strained by over a decade of economic hardship. Nowhere was this more visible than in the rural areas I visited as part of my work there and where many people’s everyday lives are a constant uphill struggle.

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Europe must act as growing numbers of children flee across the Mediterranean

Wednesday 18 February 2015 by Atanu Roy

Since the start of the year, more than 700 children have made the dangerous boat journey to Europe, around 200 of them unaccompanied minors. The number of migrants arriving on Italy’s shores is up 60 per cent year-on-year from January 2014.

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Indonesia: Gunners star supports education project

Tuesday 17 February 2015 by Ben Brill

Former Arsenal star Robert Pires was in Indonesia last month to see first-hand Save the Children’s work in the region.

Save the Children has been Arsenal’s global charity partner since 2011. Pires, who won 79 caps for his country and lifted the World Cup in 1998, is now an ambassador for the Arsenal Foundation, which was set up in 2012 and supports a range of our work in the UK and overseas.

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India: ‘the pharmacy of the developing world’

Monday 16 February 2015 by Mihir Mankad

I was recently on a trip to India, and as I’m liable to do, on my way back home I went to the airport pharmacy in New Delhi International Airport. Surprisingly, there was a much longer queue there than anywhere else in duty-free. That scene is a pretty good metaphor for what’s happening in much of the world today. India supplies nearly all of the developing world’s high-quality, inexpensive generic medicines. Developed country governments need to allow the Indian government to maintain the legal protections it has put in place to ensure that poorest and most marginalised people around the world have access to the most affordable medicines possible.

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Rwanda: International acclaim for our education work

Thursday 12 February 2015 by Joseph Nhan-O'Reilly

During a visit to Rwanda to attend the Africa regional meeting on Education for All, former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, Julia Gillard visited ‘Advancing the Right to Read’, Save the Children’s education Signature Programme.

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The birth of an invoice: spoof about charging for childbirth

Thursday 12 February 2015 by Luisa Hanna

“… the dumbest thing I ever heard.” That was the reaction of a Norwegian midwife in a new film from Save the Children when she was presented with the idea of women having to pay for childbirth.

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