Recent publications

From reducing newborn deaths to giving Filipino children a chance to voice what they think we should include in our post-Typhoon Yolanda recovery work...

Save the Children produces reports centred around the challenges children face on a regular basis and how our work in health, education, child protection and emergencies is addressing these issues. See our latest reports and publications listed below.

Lives Cut Short

Save the Children’s new study “Lives Cut Short” reveals that nearly half or 48% of total child deaths under five years old in Philippines in 2015 were linked to children being underweight, a form of undernutrition caused by food insecurity and extreme hunger. This rate is higher than in 2013 and that of the global average on child deaths related to undernutrition at 45%.

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It's our School

Children’s education is compromised when schools are used as evacuation centers. This report reflects the views, feelings, and experiences of children whose schools were used as evacuation centers in the aftermath of disasters and emergency situations. It puts forward policy recommendations and action points to be taken from all fronts to address the issues surfaced by children resulting from the use of schools as evacuation.

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Lessons in Literacy: 8 Principles to Ensure Every Last Child Can Read

Reading is an essential foundation for learning. The ability to understand written language is a basis for all education, and affords access to employment, rights, and services. Every child requires basic foundational literacy skills to open up life choices and opportunities.

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Education Disrupted

When children miss school for a prolonged period of time due to disaster, they face higher school dropout rates and increased risk of poverty, exploitation, and violence. This report looks at evidence of the impact disasters have on education and the lives of children.

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Influencing in Emergencies: A Joint After Action Review

Nearly two years since typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, advocacy teams from ActionAid, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision take a step back to evaluate their respective advocacy engagements.

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Typhoon Haiyan Response Two Years On

Two years after, Typhoon Haiyan still stands as the ultimate milestone in disaster response. No media coverage or textual account can fully describe what happened on the ground. Our team in the Philippines, along with generous international support, has put in tremendous effort to ensure that families and their children will be able to regain hope and live a dignified life again.

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State of the World's Fathers report

Fathers matter deeply to child development and are as biologically hard-wired to provide care as mothers are. Fathers with close connections to their children live longer, have fewer health problems, and are more productive and generally happier. These are just some of the key findings of our first-ever State of the World’s Fathers report.

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One Year On - Children's view of the Yolanda recovery

One year on from Typhoon Yolanda, children who survived the storm look back at the help they received and give their honest opinions. They were mostly pleased with the actions taken by the government and the aid provided after the disaster, but they know the road to recovery is long and their expectations “post-Yolanda” are high.

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Children’s Race for Survival in the Toughest Places

Children born into poverty are almost twice likely to die before their fifth birthday, and most of the 6.3 million annual child deaths happen in developing countries. Save the Children’s “Race for Survival” held globally on 17 October – UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – gives children a voice, including those in the Philippines.

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Why Children Can’t Wait: a Special Report on Children and Youth Displaced by Typhoon Yolanda

Over 7 months after Typhoon Yolanda and almost 6,000 families are still homeless – which could delay children’s recovery from the disaster. Save the Children’s special report calls on the government to provide safe permanent shelter for these families. We also ask the humanitarian sector and donors in the Philippines to ensure displaced children get specialized support.

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Typhoon Yolanda: 6 Months On

Six months on and Save the Children is now moving from relief work to the recovery stage. Emergency relief is ending, so we are adapting our activities to support the rebuilding of people's homes and livelihoods. Read our report on how much we’ve achieved so far.

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Achieving breakthroughs in education: Key achievements in 2013

2013 was a critical year for Save the Children’s global efforts to ensure that children everywhere gain an education. Working closely with many partners, we helped to provide education to 9.8 million children and we invested over US$236 million to increase access to, and improve the quality of, education across the world. This report highlights some of our 2013 achievements and the challenges we continue to face.

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The Rights & Responsibilities of Children by Save the Children

Talented 10 year-old Zachariah MacPherson illustrated our Australian handbook on child rights as listed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Localising the Humanitarian Toolkit: Lessons from Philippines Disasters

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries – located in a high risk disaster area. Our report looks at emergency response and disaster management work in the Philippines – in particular to typhoons and tropical storms in recent years – and what lessons have been learned so far.

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Superfood for Babies: how overcoming barriers to breastfeeding will save children's lives

Breast milk is the closest thing there is to a ‘silver bullet’ in the fight against malnutrition and newborn deaths. Our report explains how overcoming barriers to breastfeeding can save young children’s lives – all from the first hour after birth to six months later.

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A Devastating Toll: the impact of war on the health of Syria's children

Syria’s three-year civil war has had a devastating impact on children. Our report highlights another less obvious aspect of the casualties of war. It isn’t just weapons that are killing and maiming children – they are also dying from a lack of medical care. With Syria’s health system devastated, more children are suffering and dying from diseases that were easily treated or prevented in the past.

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Attacks on Education: the impact of conflict and violations on children's futures

Conflict affects children’s chances of receiving a good-quality education in so many different ways. Our report reviews the long-term impact that both conflict and human rights violations has on children’s futures.

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Typhoon Yolanda: Three months on

The three month date since Typhoon Yolanda made landfall was marked on 8 February 2014. Families are returning home, shops are reopening and communities are picking up the pieces. But for many people, there are still many urgent needs. Our “See me, Ask me, Hear me” report gives Filipino children a chance to make recommendations on what they feel is important to include in the recovery work.

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Ending Newborn Deaths: ensuring every baby survives

In 2012, roughly 1 million babies died on their first – and only – day of life. Unless we urgently start tackling deaths among newborn babies, there is a real danger that progress in reducing child deaths will stall. This report sets out an agenda to tackle the crisis and explains the essential actions around birth that a skilled midwife or trained health worker can do to save newborn lives and prevent stillbirths during labor.

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