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Promoting health through the life course

With climate change driving child marriage risks, Bangladesh fights back

Climate change-driven extreme weather is accelerating migration to Bangladesh`s cities, raising the risks of problems such as child marriage, according to UNICEF`s head of Bangladesh programmes. Innovative efforts to curb the threat - particularly training young people to help each other - are paying off, with Bangladesh`s government now incorporating programmes started by UNICEF and Save the Children

July 20, 2017

Bangladesh cuts red tape to bring home girls sex trafficked to India

Mosharaf Hossain, head of the consular section of the Bangladesh High Commission, has sent about 438 Bangladeshi girls trafficked to India for the sex industry home, nearly half of them in the last six months and most from Maharashtra, India`s second most populous state and a major destination for trafficked girls. "The process has only got smoother now as High Commission officials are taking interest," said Jyoti Nale, programme director for Save the Children India, which works with the Maharashtra government to repatriate girls

July 13, 2017

The trans women "fighting for survival" as rights crackdown continues in Tanzania

Recently 40 private drop-in clinics offering HIV/AIDS services to key populations such as gay men, transgender people and sex workers were banned by the Tanzanian government. A program supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria and implemented by Save the Children to assist key populations eligible for HIV treatment in Tanzania has been put on hold. Another Global Fund grant to distribute water-based lubricants ended in December and lubricants are now banned for promoting homosexuality. The government appears unwilling or unable to tolerate education on LGBT matters and the crackdown on activists can be harsh

April 19, 2017

97% of meningitis victims in Zamfara are women - NGO

Save the Children says that about 97% of all the meningitis victims in Zamfara are women.  The NGO monitored the victims of meningitis in isolation centres set up by the state government at various health facilities to arrive at this percentage. The news was attributed to poverty, illiteracy and poor accessibility to healthcare services. By educating girls and empowering women within the family the meningitis scourge could have been foreseen and managed more efficiently

April 11, 2017
Pulse Nigeria, Vanguard Nigeria

Saudi Arabia delaying aid to Yemen is 'killing children', warns Save the Children

Save the Children said ‘shipments of aid are being delayed for months, denying hundreds of thousands of people access to urgently needed medical aid.’ This year, the Saudi-led coalition has prevented three of the charity’s shipments of medical supplies from landing, forcing them to be re-routed and delaying their arrival by up to three months

March 1, 2017
The Independent

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Cholera rages across Yemen, one child infected every minute: charity

Almost 1,000 people have died from cholera in Yemen in just over a month in what is thought to be one of the worst outbreaks of the disease since the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Since late April, 942 people have died from cholera, and there are a further 129,000 suspected cases, Save The Children said. At least one child is infected every minute, according to the aid group, which said that the infection rate had tripled over the past two weeks. More than 30 people are dying a day.“ Cholera has come within a perfect storm. Only half the country’s health centres are still operating. The speed of the disease is unprecedented,” Meritxell Relano, Unicef’s Yemen representative said

June 13, 2017
Reuters, The Globe and Mail, AlJazeera, The Times

Sri Lanka's flood survivors threatened by dengue, disease: aid workers

Thousands of survivors of devastating floods and landslides in Sri Lanka are at risk of potentially fatal diseases such as dengue fever, charities warned as the death toll from the disaster continued to rise. "The threat of water-borne diseases is a big concern with over 100,000 people displaced from their homes, many of whom are staying in damp, crowded conditions," Chris McIvor, head of Save the Children Sri Lanka, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "I`m particularly worried we could start seeing even more dengue cases because of the floods, as stagnant water provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. It`s the last thing needed by communities that have already lost so much"

May 29, 2017

Sri Lanka's deadly floods could worsen dengue crisis: NGO

Save the Children said that the devastating floods in Sri Lanka could exacerbate the dengue crisis there, the NGO said its teams were assessing the humanitarian needs and were ready to respond, including by distributing hygiene items to prevent the spread of disease, supporting damaged schools to allow them re-open, distributing safe drinking water and providing psychosocial support to children

May 28, 2017

Non communicable diseases

Migrant mental health crumbles in Greece: rights groups

Refugees and migrants stuck in Greek camps, including children as young as nine, are cutting themselves, attempting suicide and using drugs to cope with endless misery international charities report. MSF and Save the Children said ‘anxiety, depression and aggression were on the rise as a direct result of the deal the EU struck with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees’

March 16, 2017