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International Women’s Day: they say it’s not my time to learn

Saturday 7 March 2015 by Daisy Baldwin

If all girls completed their primary education the number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth would fall by 66%, saving 189,000 women’s lives each year.

Today, as International Women’s Day is celebrated across the globe, member states of the United Nations are involved in discussions which could make a critical difference for women’ could be the most important negotiations for women and girls in history.

The action/20

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Save the Children teams up with RB to cut child deaths from diarrhoea

Wednesday 25 March 2015 by Ravi Wickremasinghe

Every minute of every day a child dies from a preventable and easily treatable illness – diarrhoea. In the 21st century that just shouldn’t be happening. The world must act to stop this appalling loss of life. Today, in Delhi, Save the Children launched a ground-breaking partnership with our global partner RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) to help do exactly that.

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Ebola: Working in the red zone

Wednesday 25 March 2015 by Save the Children

Her skin is cold and her mouth is dry. Her eyes are glazed over with a vacant stare, not an unfamiliar sight in Ebola victims. We set about cleaning her up, trying to find out how she is feeling, changing the IV fluids and recording her vital signs. She appears to be having a lucid episode, and the agitation and confusion of the night have passed for now. Limply beckoning for breakfast, she tries a few spoonfuls before it re-emerges over Nancy’s apron. I send her to decontamination immediately as she is now heavily contaminated.

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Humanitarian Leadership Academy: transforming crisis response

Monday 23 March 2015 by Ben Brill

The Humanitarian Leadership Academy, which launches today in London, will be a central pillar in the effort to deal with disasters in a changing world. It will train 100,000 aid workers from over 50 countries, empowering a new generation of humanitarian leaders and responders who can act quickly and expertly when disaster strikes where they live. The first academy of its kind, it has the potential to transform humanitarian response.

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Why equitable progress is critical to end preventable child deaths

Monday 23 March 2015 by Dimitri Gugushvili

Only a fifth of all countries are experiencing a fall in inequalities between all major social and economic groups. Persistent or rising inequalities are unacceptable from a moral point of view. But they also make the objective of eliminating preventable child deaths globally a more remote possibility. Pursuing equitable progress is, then, a critical precondition for future progress.

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Vanuatu: Supporting families who have lost everything

Thursday 19 March 2015 by Voices from the Field

As I make my way through Port Vila’s bumpy streets to the Save the Children office, the horrific extent of Cyclone Pam quickly emerges.

It’s hard to find a building in the city that hasn’t suffered some form of damage, and it only gets worse as you get further out. In the rural areas, homes have been completely flattened, sheets of corrugated iron have been flung into trees and fences are strewn across the grass.

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Indonesia: reflections on the Families First programme

Tuesday 17 March 2015 by David Float

This morning we had our final session in Indonesia. We went to the Save the Children PDAK office in Bandung to discuss what we’d seen. At the meeting we spoke with Agus, Zaldy, Singit, Nisma, Leah, Sygit and our interpreter Datah.

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Vanuatu: a critical time for a devastated population

Sunday 15 March 2015 by Ben Brill

It passed over Vanuatu in less than an hour, but in that short space of time, Cyclone Pam devastated hundreds of thousands of lives on the tiny Pacific archipelago. And, as with the aftermath of any environmental disaster, it is children who are most vulnerable.

One day on from the cyclone, up to 75,000 children in Vanuatu could be in desperate need of food, water and shelter. Save the Children’s team is on the ground doing whatever it takes to keep children safe.

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Syria: this is what happens when the world turns away

Friday 13 March 2015 by Mark Kaye

These are just four heartbreaking stories that inadequately symbolise what millions of people inside Syria are experiencing on a daily basis due to this bloody, brutal and seemingly endless war. Four stories to represent the four years of failure by the international community to end their appalling suffering.

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Indonesia: child protection in town and country

Friday 13 March 2015 by David Float

Their primary challenge is the ‘socialisation’ (wide community acceptance) of the programmes principles at community level. These communities were relatively large, Kelurahan Sayang has around 37,000 in its extended area, and these principles are the prevention of child protection issues: a fourfold strategy to prevent abuse, exploitation, neglect, and to support at-risk families.

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How can we end the lottery of birth?

Friday 13 March 2015 by Lisa Wise

I’ve yet to find anyone who argues that a child’s chances in life should be determined before they are born. What can be done to close unfair gaps in mortality rates between different groups of children, while maintaining good overall rates of mortality reduction?

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