No mother should have to bear the pain of losing a child during child birth. But every year millions do. Almost two million newborns die on their first day of life. It doesn’t have to be this way. Trained health workers are critical to saving children’s lives. In fact, every three seconds a child’s life is saved thanks to care provided by a health worker.
This tax year end appeal we are asking our supporters to help us train more health workers. We have already trained more than 178,000, and our goal is to train 400,000 by 2015. Achieving this goal will enable us to assist an average of 50 million young children and mothers each year. We are is also building health clinics and sending out mobile health teams to the hardest to reach communities, helping them access essential healthcare – some for the first time.
We are working with local authorities to strengthen their health systems and capacity of staff, so more children and mothers can access life-saving care. A little support goes a long way: $30 could provide a newborn baby kit including a blanket, nappies, clothing, soap and a bag. $55 could provide a week’s worth of medical supplies to treat common illnesses. $100 could buy essential medical equipment for a health worker, including equipment to resuscitate a newborn, and a cooler to hold vaccinations. $150 could train a health worker to provide life-saving care. Donate today at donate.savethechildren.org.au/healthworkers and help ensure that no child dies because there is a shortage of health workers. To find out more about how Save the Children trained health workers are saving lives visit http://www.savethechildren.org.au/health