Saving the lives of children

Doctor monitors the health of a young baby.

The death of a child is something a parent should never have to experience. Yet in the Philippines, newborns from poor families are twice more likely to die than newborns from wealthier families.

As a global leader in improving children's health, ensuring Filipino children grow up healthy is one of our highest priorities. From training health workers to deliver life-saving care for newborns, to health and nutrition programs for children at school, and adolescent health projects, we are working in the Philippines to strengthen access to quality healthcare.

Too many children here are still falling ill because they don't have access to basic health services or proper nutrition. And treatable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhoea, and measles, as well as HIV/AIDS and neo-natal conditions that occur during or after childbirth, are still amongst the biggest causes of child deaths.

Working with the Department of Health, the National Nutrition Council, local government and communities, our maternal, newborn and child health programs are giving mothers and their babies a healthy start. These include activities such as increasing the number of deliveries with skilled birth attendance, exclusive breastfeeding, immunizations and micronutient supplements to name a few.

The health and survival of mothers is critical - a child whose mother dies in childbirth is more likely to die than a child whose mother survives. Read our latest State of the World's Mothers report to learn how different countries - including the Philippines - are tracking in maternal and child health services.

Improving everyone's health

Roughly 72% of Filipino households have access to clean water and sanitation, so our health programs are also addressing public health issues. We're increasing access to essential hygiene items, clean water and sanitation facilities, and running vermin abatement programs.

We're also talking to teenagers about health - we've set up adolescent-friendly health centers and educate parents on the issues and concerns that impact adolescents. Our peer educators are raising awareness about ways to prevent HIV infections and teenage pregnancy among youth groups.

We also provide emergency healthcare for children and families affected by political instability or natural disasters such as Typhoon Yolanda.

What can you do to save children?

Malnutrition deprives children of a fair shot at life. But we can prevent this.

Save the Children has a malnutrition prevention and treatment program across impoverished communities. To treat infants and children, we use special high-energy therapeutic food.

At the same time, we train hundreds of health workers and parents on proper childcare.

Save the Children is also raising awareness on childhood hunger, as well as the simple ways to end it, through our Lahat Dapat campaign.

We believe that hunger and malnutrition are highly preventable, and we must work together to cut the roots of these problems.

We need your support to further improve and expand our reach. Donate today.

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