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Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

What we do

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Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) Program:

Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a globally recognized leader in newborn health and a respected voice in many low-resource countries. Since 2000, Save the Children’s SNL program has worked as a catalyst towards ensuring that newborn health and survival is on global and national agendas. SNL seeks to achieve equitable and effective coverage of high-impact newborn services and practices institutionalized at scale.

SNL currently works in partnership with 7 countries to reduce newborn mortality, improve newborn health and bring high-impact interventions to scale. In 4 countries – Bangladesh, Malawi, Nepal, and Uganda – the program works through partnerships with government and stakeholders to achieve and document the scale-up of newborn health interventions. These countries have achieved substantial policy and system readiness for scale-up and are positioned for accelerated change in service delivery and health outcomes. In 3 additional countries – Ethiopia, India, and Nigeria – SNL coordinates with government and partners to develop policies, program experience, and evidence in order to promote the effective and sustainable scale-up of key interventions. SNL collaborates closely with governments and implementing partners, and provides direct support to the design, development and implementation of national strategies and policies to improve the quality and availability of care for mothers and newborns. For more information on Save the Children’s Newborn Health program, visit our website.

SNL currently maintains the Healthy Newborn Network and strives to establish the site as the “go-to” resource for newborn health information, data and resources.

Save the Children also offers technical assistance and support as the newborn health leading partner under USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP). MCSP is a global, USAID Cooperative Agreement to introduce and support high-impact health interventions with a focus on 24 high-priority countries with the ultimate goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation. The Program is focused on ensuring that all women, newborns and children most in need have equitable access to quality health care services to save lives.

Save the Children Campaigns:

As an independent and global organization, Save the Children has a powerful voice in campaigning for long-term change, and a track record of success. Save the Children encourages its supporters to put pressure on decision makers and opinion formers to change policies and practices, locally and globally, to ensure children’s rights become reality.

EveryOne - ThumbThe EveryOne Campaign: Save the Children has launched a global campaign to ensure governments provide basic health and nutrition services to millions of children who might not otherwise live to see their fifth birthday. EVERY ONE is Save the Children’s global campaign to ensure no child under the age of five dies from preventable causes, and that public attitudes do not tolerate a return to high levels of child deaths. By 2015, the campaign aims to have catalyzed a breakthrough in governments’ policies and practices that dramatically accelerates sustainable progress towards MDG 4. Follow the Every One campaign via their blog.

EveryBeatMatters - ThumbEvery Beat Matters: Through this campaign, Save the Children aims to raise awareness among the American public of the key issues related to child survival, engage and foster champions who are willing to raise their voices for children in need around the world, and create a movement which demands that we increase access to lifesaving care so that no parent suffers the unnecessary loss of a child. Every child deserves the chance to grow up healthy, happy and able to reach their potential. Take a look at Save the Children’s Action Network for more information.