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UK’s £1 billion pledge on life-saving vaccines: now others must follow

Friday 28 November 2014 by Simon Wright

Yesterday, I went to a meeting where Justine Greening MP, the International Development Secretary of State, announced that the UK Government will contribute up to £1 billion to Gavi, the global alliance promoting vaccination in low-income countries. This will mean UK money helping to save 1.4 million lives.

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Tiered pricing: what pharmaceutical companies can do to improve access to medicines and vaccines

Thursday 27 November 2014 by Mihir Mankad

While making medicines and vaccines more affordable won’t on its own solve the entire problem of access to medicines, when it comes to making sure children benefit from the newest and most innovative medicines and vaccines, affordability is critical. As a new paper by Save the Children investigates, one way that pharmaceutical companies can help address this problem is by setting the prices of medicines and vaccines transparently, equitably and fairly.

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Syria: Now is the time to resettle Syrian refugees here

Thursday 27 November 2014 by Cat Carter

The brutal, chaotic, sprawling Syria crisis is now so multi-faceted, with so many layers, that even the newsrooms, experts and seasoned aid workers are struggling to keep up.

I’ve been working on Syria for nearly four years, yet it continues to horrify me with its images of suffering – of starving families, child amputees and torture survivors.

It terrifies me with its prospect of longevity – there is seemingly no end to such an intractable war.

Syria is our darkest hour. Our lack of concerted, international, meaningful action in the face of some of the worst excesses of war – beheadings, sexual violence, enforced ‘disappearances’ – has provided a grim new global standard for inaction.

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Afghanistan: the fight for children’s rights is not over

Wednesday 26 November 2014 by Daisy Baldwin

Anwar* 12, spends the day washing cars in the street.

He gives all the money he earns – the equivalent of less than $2 a day – to his mother to help support the family.

Fahima* is a year older and sells little cacao sweets for six or seven hours a day.

I ask her if she gets tired. No, she tells me: she is strong.

Mirwais* came to the city to escape beatings at home.

Here he was trafficked and made to work excruciatingly long hours in a hotel, completely alone and vulnerable to other types of exploitation.

I’m in Kabul, Afghanistan and these children’s stories are far from unusual.

Sitting in the small room of the shelter where Mirwais* now lives, I feel very far from home.

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Everywhere: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Tuesday 25 November 2014 by Nina Caplan

Some you can argue about. Does child marriage count as violence against women?

I would say yes, in that a young girl is far more likely to die in childbirth than one who marries later, and yes again, because a very young bride is more vulnerable to domestic abuse, and in fact yes a third time, because a child wife is highly unlikely to complete her education, thus ensuring that the vulnerability that got in her into this predicament remains her lot for life.

Depriving a girl of a promising future isn’t the same as physical violence.

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Save the Children chosen by The Sunday Times as charity Christmas Appeal partner

Friday 21 November 2014 by Ravi Wickremasinghe

The Sunday Times has announced that Save the Children is its Christmas charity appeal partner this year. It’s the second year running we’ve been chosen by the paper. All funds raised will go towards our Syria Appeal.

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Second International Conference on Nutrition: What happens next is more important than what’s happened here

Friday 21 November 2014 by Marie Rumsby

I’ve spent the last three days at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), listening to Member States make statements on their own efforts to address malnutrition and commit to “address the multiple challenges of malnutrition in all forms and identify opportunities for tackling them in the next decade”.

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Guinea: Ebola is killing traditions and customs

Friday 21 November 2014 by Voices from the field - Africa

Guinea is my home. I work for Save the Children responding to different emergencies around the world so it was only natural that I should return to my home nation to support our Ebola response.

I knew from the outset that this would be a story I would one day tell my children.

But being with my family and relatives without being able to live our normal life has proved very hard.

There is no direct contact, no community dancing during wedding ceremonies.

One of the hardest things is the need to avoid visiting people who have lost their beloved ones to Ebola, to be unable to share their loss, to offer your condolences or to provide a shoulder to cry on.

Still, I have no other choice than to be an example for those who look to me for answers.

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Why should we care about data? Building a data revolution for equality

Thursday 20 November 2014 by Lisa Wise

“Data are the lifeblood of decision-making. Without data, we cannot know how many people are born and at what age they die; how many men, women and children still live in poverty; how many children need educating; how many doctors to train or schools to build; how public money is being spent and to what effect.” While everyone agrees that a data revolution for sustainable development is a good idea, the development community has been struggling to define what it might mean in practice. The independent expert advisory group’s report, A World that Counts, is therefore timely and welcome.

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Children’s rights: Eglantyne Jebb’s incredible legacy

Thursday 20 November 2014 by Ben Brill

This year, 20 November doesn’t just mark Universal Children’s Day – today is the 25th anniversary of governments across the world promising to give all children the same civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Here at Save the Children, it’s also a chance to reflect on the achievements of the inspirational woman who wrote the first major statement of children’s universal rights: our founder, Eglantyne Jebb.

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