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Children in a Changing Climate
by Institute of Development Studies
 
Children in a Changing Climate is a coalition of leading child-focused research, development and humanitarian organisations each with a commitment to share knowledge, coordinate activities and work with children as agents of change.
 
We are committed to effective protection and meaningful participation of children and young people in our changing climate.
 
Children"s unique experiences of climate change impacts and their specific insights and priorities need to be recognised in both climate change adaptation and mitigation policy and practice.
 
The coalition began in 2007 and continues to host events and disseminate research, through film, print and online media, highlighting the importance of child-centred disaster risk reduction and climate change prevention and adaptation.


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Help support the Nelson Mandela Childrens Hospital
by Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund
South Africa
 
Our Vision is a state-of-the art specialists pediatric academic and tertiary referral hospital providing child-centered best quality medical services to the children of South Africa, irrespective of their social and economic status.
 
Why a Children''s Hospital?
 
Health Care for Children in Africa
 
Currently, there are only four dedicated children''s hospitals in Africa - two in Egypt, one in Kenya and one in Cape Town, South Africa, serving a population 741 million. This, in comparison to 19 children''s hospitals in Australia, 20 in Germany, 23 in Canada and more than 200 in the United States.
 
The Red Cross Children''s Hospital in Cape Town tends to mainly serve the children of the Western Cape and surrounding regions while the bulk of the child population resides in the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng provinces. All levels of pediatric care in South Africa are currently overwhelmed by the demand for services.
 
The increase in government spending of primary and secondary health care has, in some cases, resulted in a reduction in budgetary allocations for tertiary and quaternary care. This increase in spending at primary level has seen an increase in the number of referrals up to secondary and tertiary levels resulting in long waiting periods at times.
 
Child Health as a Human Right
 
Children have a right to be cared for and receive medical treatment. This treatment should be in an environment that is safe and caring. The statistics in Africa, however, tell a sad tale with 394 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa living in poverty, the mortality rate in the same region is currently 157 per 1000 live births.
 
In the words of Mr. Nelson Mandela "a specialist dedicated children''s hospital will be a credible demonstration of the commitment of African leaders to place the rights of children at the forefront - nothing less would be enough."


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