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Nepal earthquake: medical services stretched to breaking point

Tuesday 28 April 2015 by Ben Brill

With officials reporting on Tuesday that the number injured in Saturday’s earthquake continues to rise, medical services in Nepal – one of the poorest countries in the world – are being stretched to breaking point.

Doctors have been working around the clock and out of makeshift tents to treat the injured, but it’s simply not enough. More medical support is desperately needed.

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Nearly two million children affected by Nepal earthquake

Monday 27 April 2015 by Ben Brill

Following Saturday’s deadly earthquake in Nepal, we’ve started distributing aid in the Kathmandu Valley region of the country.

We’re doing whatever it takes to help those affected by the earthquake, which has already claimed 3,500 lives, and could have affected as many as 2 million children.

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Nepal earthquake: No time to waste

Sunday 26 April 2015 by Devendra Tak

It has been a day since the devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing nearly 2000 people, in an area about 80km from Kathmandu and Pokhara. This is the largest earthquake the country has felt in 80 years, so despite Nepal being in an earthquake-prone area, this is much bigger than people are used to experiencing.

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Restart the Rescue: Two steps forward, one step back

Thursday 23 April 2015 by Brendan Cox

Europe took a small step back from the moral abyss tonight when EU leaders announced tripling the funding for its naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea in response to the tragic deaths of children there. These are major breakthroughs but more clarity is needed on what the current Triton mission mandate is. Triton is the EU operation that replaced the larger Mare Nostrum mission by the Italian navy in November.

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An early start to the day Europe could stop children drowning

Thursday 23 April 2015 by Sara Hall

At the sun came up over London this morning at 5.50am, I was standing outside the Houses of Parliament. And I wasn’t alone: I was joined by a group of dedicated colleagues, some of whom had already been there for some time, tying 2,500 white helium balloons to the ground. We were there to highlight that today’s a crunch day for Europe’s leaders and for the thousands of migrants who’ll be making the treacherous trip across the Mediterranean this summer in search of a new life.

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Campaigning triumph: party leaders agree to get kids reading

Thursday 23 April 2015 by Colin Walker

When you’re campaigning for change, the moments when you secure a victory that will make a difference to children’s lives can feel few and far between.

This is especially the case when you’re trying to achieve something huge, like getting ALL 11-year-olds in the UK reading well by 2025 – the goal of the Read On. Get On. campaign. But on 9 April we achieved something big – which our network of campaigners across the UK played a major role in winning.

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Good nutrition for sustainable development and human security: Japan takes a lead

Thursday 23 April 2015 by Marie Rumsby

Japan has the longest life expectancy in the world, with people on average living to 86 years of age. This impressive achievement is in part due to the diet that many Japanese people enjoy.
I was in Tokyo this week for a roundtable discussion on the Global Nutrition Report. It was evident from the discussion that Japan sees nutrition as key to sustainable development and human security.

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2,500 children could die in the Mediterranean unless Europe acts

Wednesday 22 April 2015 by Atanu Roy

If current trends continue, 2,500 children could die in the Mediterranean this year unless the EU immediately restarts rescue operations. Our stark warning comes ahead of an emergency summit of European leaders in Brussels tomorrow – a meeting Save the Children first called for on Sunday.

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Meeting the child survivors of the Mediterranean crossings

Tuesday 21 April 2015 by Gemma Parkin

When I meet Naouffel he is exhausted, having only slept eight hours in four days.

He’s worked for Save the Children in Sicily for just one year but already he’s seen around 500 boats land on Italy’s shores with children on board, rescued trying to reach Europe.

When 300 people died last month, drowned or killed by hypothermia, Naouffel was one of the team responding to the crisis. Four of the survivors were children, boys aged 11-13, who had made the journey alone, one from Mali and three from Ivory Coast. “Like puppies”, he said, “very disoriented.

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India: “Nothing about us, without us”

Tuesday 21 April 2015 by Pragya Vats

Pragya Vats reports from a Citizen’s Hearing in Delhi, where there were calls for citizens to be better engaged in designing, implementing and monitoring programmes for women’s and children’s health.

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