Every year, almost 7 million children die before their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable causes. Millions of children become ill or die because they lack access to health services or an adequate diet. The world can save these children’s lives. The time to act is now.

Save the Children is a global leader in improving children’s health. We use evidence-based approaches to tackle life-threatening conditions, reaching as many children as possible. In 2011 we treated 5,119,322 cases of malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea and malnutrition around the world.

The MaMoni project in 15 sub-districts of north-east Bangladesh aims to improve maternal and newborn health. The project is supported by Save the Children, local organisations and community leaders. Shafiqul Alam Kiron/Save the Children

We are strengthening community-based health systems in more than 20 countries. In Afghanistan, we work with the Ministry of Health to train local women as community health workers so they can save the lives of mothers and babies cheaply and simply. Working with others to scale up this kind of innovation has helped halve child mortality in Afghanistan in less than 10 years.

Children are most at risk in the first month of life. That is why we are implementing our Saving Newborn Lives programme in 18 countries. In Nepal, we helped to develop a model of community-based newborn care that is now being adopted nationally by the government.

We reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS by increasing awareness of safe practices and helping families to access counselling, food, healthcare and education. In 2011, our HIV and AIDS work benefited almost 10 million children and adults around the world.

To read more about our health work, download one of the following reports or visit our resources page.

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