Wednesday, May 13, 2015

[ORG] Save the Children: Child survival rates in Metro Manila improved by 50%

It was recently brought to my attention that Manila is making progress in terms of improving child survival rates here in Metro Manila. An organization called "Save the Children" reached out to me via email to spread the news and to potentially get more help. Save the Children is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. It is founded 1919 and is currently working over 120 countries worldwide.

Recently, Save the Children launched its global 16th 'State of the World's Mothers' index which ranks each country in the world of the best and toughest places to be a mother. Every year, the report contains the Mothers’ Index which uses the latest data on maternal health, child health, educational attainment, economic status and female political participation to rank 175+ countries on where it’s best and toughest to be a mother. The 2015 report, with the theme Health of the Urban Poor, focuses on our rapidly urbanizing world and the poorest mothers and children who must struggle to survive despite overall urban progress.

In that report you can see that Manila has improved and still ranked 105 out of the 179th place. It is one of the top cities in the world to cut child mortality rates among urban poor, according to 2015 State of the World’s Mothers global index published by Save the Children. Between 1993 and 2008, the child mortality rate went from 81 to 38 deaths per 1,000 lives deaths. Over this period of time, the poorest urban children went from being 4 times as likely to die to being twice as likely to die compared to their wealthy peers.  The capital region has also achieved about 4% reduction in under-5 mortality per year since 1998.  
 
The Manila success came from improved quality of services, public-private partnerships, structural reforms and health care innovations introduced to the local government units and sustained involvement of civil society in maternal and child health care programs. But despite the progress, there is still a big room for improvement. The major issue in paying for health costs still need to be addressed. Save the Children (to date) works actively with the local government in addressing the root causes of children mortality. 

Lastly if you want to donate and help mothers and children at Nepal, go to www.savethechildren.org.ph/helpnepal.

For further information or to arrange interviews please contact National Media Manager: April Sumaylo at april.sumaylo@savethechildren.org or call +639173011240.

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