SOURCE: Save the Children

April 24, 2008 15:57 ET

Media Advisory: New Study Reveals Lack of Basic Health Care for Children Worldwide; Audio News Conference on Thursday, May 1, at 1 PM EDT

Over 200 Million Children Lack Basic Health Care, Report Finds; Boosting Number of Health Workers Key to Closing Gap and Saving Lives

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwire - April 24, 2008) - Save the Children will conduct an audio news briefing on Thursday, May 1, at 1 p.m. EDT for reporters and editorial writers to discuss the findings of its "State of the World's Mothers 2008" report. According to the report, over 200 million children under age 5 globally do not get basic health care. A first-ever Basic Health Care Report Card shows which countries are doing a good job of reaching children with basic health care, and which countries are not. To close the health care gap and save lives, the report recommends increasing the number of health workers in the poorest, most marginalized communities.

**To participate in the audio news briefing on May 1, at 1pm EDT, call 888-275-4480 (United States) or 706-679-8500 (International). The reference is: Save the Children.**

THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE AT 12:01 A.M. EDT ON TUESDAY, MAY 6, FOR TUESDAY MORNING NEWSPAPERS AND MEDIA. The report also will be available on the web at www.savethechildren.org. To receive an advance PDF copy of the embargoed report, contact Eileen Burke at eburke@savechildren.org or 203-221-4233.

Background: More than 200 million babies, infants and toddlers in the developing world do not get even the most basic health care measures like skilled care at childbirth, vaccinations and treatment for diarrhea and pneumonia. Of these children, the poorest of the poor are left out the most, resulting in nearly 27,000 children under age 5 dying every day. Save the Children's "State of the World's Mothers 2008" report examines how well countries are reaching young children with basic health care, and points to an innovative approach of engaging community health workers that could help close the health care gap and save lives in the poorest, most marginalized communities.

The report includes:

--  A first-ever Basic Health Care Report Card that presents an analysis
    of how well 55 developing countries are reaching children with basic health
    care and how health conditions differ among the poorest and best-off
    children within each country.
--  An analysis of child survival rates in 55 developing countries, among
    children who are well-off and those who are very poor.
--  Examples of how even the poorest countries and communities are putting
    health care within the reach of all children, no matter what their means.
--  Recommendations on how to deliver health care to the poorest of the
    poor, including an innovative approach that addresses the shortage of
    health care professionals and health care delivery systems.
--  The ninth annual Mothers' Index ranking the best and worst places to
    be mother and child based on a comparison of the well-being of mothers and
    children in 140 countries, including the United States.
    

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Save the Children USA is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, a global network of 28 independent Save the Children organizations working to ensure the well-being and protection of children in more than 120 countries. For more information, visit www.savethechildren.org.

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