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 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 2018, we enlisted the help of a team of paediatric specialists lending their expertise via remote consultations. Following the success of the mission, Sally and her team began designing the concept for the Save a Child app and over one hundred and fifty paediatric specialists have registered to join our global network. Read More
Due to the accessibility of the app, specialists can enter challenging environments without the need to put themselves at risk. In public health crises such as the current spread of COVID-19, the Save a Child digital platform can support the healthcare workers by giving advice on treatment for children suffering from acute and chronic illnesses. This can also contribute to data collection by providing a comprehensive tool for use in investigation and outbreaks of infectious and non-infectious diseases and hazards. Save a Child mobile app will give international aid organisations, local NGOs, hospitals, and emergency healthcare workers access to our global paediatric network - which will scale the impact on children at an exponential rate. This innovative approach to paediatric healthcare will support the work of doctors and medics treating children in crisis areas throughout the world, helping to bridge the gap that currently exists in paediatric emergency care.
On Aug. 3, 2014, ISIS militants swept into the Sinjar region of northern Iraq, home to the majority of the world's Yazidis. Read more...
Road to Peace provides medical help for sick and injured children fleeing from ISIS. Read more
Sally Becker embarks on a mission to create an emergency paediatric unit for children between Israel and Gaza. Read more...