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Over 60% of girls in Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest countries, are married by the age of 18. They also face insufficient access to health and education information and services and economic opportunities. The Save the Children’s Kishoree Kontha (Adolescent Girls’ Voices) research program in southern Bangladesh’s Barisal Division offers 45,000 girls ages 10-19 in Bangladesh the chance to create better futures for themselves, be valued by and contribute to their communities, by strengthening their voices and becoming empowered.
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A nurse, Sarala Subedi, meets with the girls to discuss and answer their health questions at the Primary Health Center in Bhingri Pyuthan, Nepal. The Save the Children supported check-in clinic is a place for adolescent girls to come and get answers to their questions and health concerns – in this photo, the nurse is explaining how a sanitary pad is used and applied.
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Dehdeh is pregnant with her second child, Kingsville, Liberia. In Kingsville, one in nine children die before they're five. A dirty water supply threatens lives and an under equipped clinic makes treatable diseases deadly. Save the Children has been working in Kingsville to help improve the lives of children and their mothers installing two water pumps, so families can drink water without getting ill; installing a solar panel in the clinic so midwives can see during night deliveries; providing a motorbike so the nurses can get to all the villages whenever they’re needed; and training 50 traditional midwives to deliver babies safely and refer women to the clinic. Clinics have been supplied with delivery kits ready for the traditional midwives to use and new mothers are provided with mother and baby kits.
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April 23-24, 2001
Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York, NY
Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)
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Susan Bryant kisses her son Xander, born 6 weeks early, in the NICU at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
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A premature baby is cared for in the pediatric ward at Yekatit Hospital in Addis Ababa. One in thirty-two babies in the developing world will die within their first month. The Ethiopian government has launched new programs to train community health workers on clean and safe delivery methods and early postnatal care for the mother and baby.
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$NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (NICU)
Vassar Brothers Medical Center
Poughkeepsie, New York
August 3, 2006
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Radhika’s baby was born premature and very low weight in Nepal, where 72% of births occur at home. Since most babies are born in the communities, Save the Children trains local women to deliver basic lifesaving care to mothers and children in their communities. Even where doctors and nurses are out of reach, community health workers are helping dramatically lower child mortality rates in Nepal. By training and supporting more frontline health workers, even more children’s lives can be saved. The female community health volunteer in Radhika’s community visited every day and taught the entire family how to apply kangaroo mother care to the baby.
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A nurse is washing a newborn baby at the maternity-labour ward in the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina, Nigeria. In recent years, the Nigerian government has spent less on healthcare per person than almost any other government in Africa. The situation is worst in the rural north. Clinics are in bad repair, they lack even basic equipment and drugs and there aren’t enough qualified staff to
work in them. In some districts fewer than 1% of children are immunized. Every year, more than 1 million Nigerian children die before their fifth birthday. The country has the highest number of
deaths due to prematurity in Africa, and the third highest in the world. Nearly one third of all children are underweight for their age and 43% are stunted due to chronic malnutrition.
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Project Coordinator Shamaila Khalil at door of a Mobile Health Clinic in Janta Jeevan Camp (a slum area) in south Delhi. In the mornings, the focus is on immunization referrals and in the afternoon they give general health checks for women and children. India has the highest number of preterm births in the world, with 13% of babies born too soon.
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babies die in their first month of life in the country. Rekha Samant is a senior staff nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at King Edward Medical Hospital and Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College in the megacity of Mumbai. With 15 years of experience as a senior staff nurse she is also one of a rare breed of nurses: she has a one-year diploma in neonatal nursing. Rekha is a national trainer in Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) and the KMC Unit at her hospital is internationally recognized as a center of excellence.