Saving the lives of children

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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.

In the Philippines, the most dangerous part of a person's life is the day they're born.

Not all Filipino children can make it to their 1st birthday. Why? Poor nutrition is among the culprits. 

The Philippines ranks 9th in the world for having the most stunted children – those too short for their age. In fact, 1 in 2 Filipino children is stunted.

Stunting is caused by consistent poor nutrition, and its effects can be long-lasting.

Stunting delays both body and brain development, hence it may affect children's school performance and future careers.

In total, around 3.6 million Filipino children suffer from stunting. And 30% of these children are under 5 years old. 

Stunted children are also 4 times more at risk of dying.

Children are a country’s future. If we let down today’s children, what will happen to the Philippines in the years to come?

Saving Mothers

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We give prime importance to keeping mothers healthy. 

Good nutrition starts at pregnancy. After all, what the mother eats, the child receives. 

To boost maternal health, we:

  • Provide maternal, newborn, and child health programs.
  • Improve systems among communities to increase the number of deliveries with skilled birth attendance.
  • Promote exclusive breastfeeding, immunizations, and micronutient supplements.

A child whose mother dies in childbirth is more likely to die than those whose mother survives. (READ: State of the World's Mothers Report

Hygiene and Sanitation 

Only around 72% of Filipino households have access to clean water and sanitation. 

We educate communities on the links between proper hygiene and good health.

We're also helping them increase their access to essential hygiene items, clean water, and sanitation facilities, especially in times of emergencies. 

Adolescent Health 

We're also talking to teenagers about health.

We support adolescent-friendly health centers so that health workers and parents can better understand the issues their teenage sons and daughters are experiencing.

We educate them on reproductive health, menstrual health, gender equality, adolescence and puberty.

Our peer educators are also raising awareness on how to prevent sexually transmitted infection, HIV and AIDS, and unintended pregnancies. At the same time, we're fighting misinformation, stigma, and discrimination.

A healthy child is a happy child

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Save the Children wants children to grow up happy and healthy. To do this, we:   

  • Train local health workers in delivering life-saving care for newborns
  • Teach parents and schools on proper childcare and nutrition. 
  • Train students on dental care and personal hygiene.
  • Provide services to improve maternal, infant, and adolescent health.
  • Carry out a malnutrition treatment program among impoverished communities.
  • Provide emergency healthcare for children and families affected by political instability or natural disasters.
  • Raise awareness on child malnutrition through our #LahatDapat campaign.

Until today, several Filipino children are falling ill because they don't have access to basic health services or proper nutrition.

Treatable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, and neo-natal conditions are still among the biggest causes of child deaths in the Philippines. 

To better address such issues, we coordinate also with Department of Health, the National Nutrition Council, local governments, partner organizations, communities, and families.

We need your support to further improve and expand our reach. Donate today, save lives!