Save a Child
Armed conflict affects one in 10 children and over the past few decades, many urban areas have become direct targets, often producing large numbers of casualties that outstrip the ability of the local health care system to provide the required care. The destruction of medical and public health infrastructures make it difficult to treat sick or injured children and not enough focus is placed on providing adequate care by professionals with expertise in paediatric emergency medicine. Children with acute or chronic medical conditions are often equally at risk as those with traumatic injuries and the high mortality of these patients suggests that untreated medical conditions can be more lethal than the weapons of war.
Whilst organisations like Road to Peace can really make a difference, access to paediatric expertise in these areas is limited and lives are often lost due to a lack of specialist insight and instruction in the most critical moments. During a mission to Northern Iraq in 2017, Sally Becker enlisted the help of a team of paediatric specialists lending their expertise (via Whatsapp) to medical staff working on the ground. The mission was a great success, enabling us to help hundreds of children.
Sally is now leading an initiative to build a global network of paediatric specialists and connect them with medical staff in areas of conflict and disaster. Local and international organisations working in these areas will have access to the Save A Child digital platform and network. This innovative approach to paediatric healthcare will support the work of local and international aid agencies helping children with acute and chronic illnesses and helping to bridge the gap that currently exists in paediatric emergency care.
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