Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Leading the World in the Race for Survival

Leading the World in the Race for Survival

“It’s a race with a message. Growing up is hard enough. It shouldn’t be a race for survival,” says Save the Children New Zealand’s Chief Executive Heather Hayden.

New Zealand children will be the first in the world to run in today’s Race for Survival. They are competing with over 50,000 children from 67 countries running in relay teams aiming to break the world marathon record. As the centrepiece for Save the Children’s Global Day of Action for Child Survival, the race aims to raise awareness about the millions of children under-five dying from preventable causes every year.

Students from Auckland International College; Christchurch’s Cobham Intermediate, Hoon Hay Primary School and Hillview Christian School; Whangarei’s Kamo Intermediate and Wellington’s Raroa Intermediate are running in this global event.

“Dramatic global progress is being made in saving children’s lives,” says Save the Children New Zealand’s Chief Executive Heather Hayden. “We are now at an historic tipping point where ending preventable child deaths is within our grasp. But this historic opportunity is at risk from two challenges: the poorest children are being excluded and too many children are still not surviving the first month of life.”

Save the Children’s latest report, Lives on the Line, shows Niger leads the world on tackling child deaths, but globally four million more lives could have been saved if governments’ efforts had focused equally on the poorest children.

For the first time the research uncovers not just how quickly countries are advancing, but also whether progress is equitable - across different social, regional and income groups – and sustainable, in terms of political will.

Niger tops the index thanks to a combination of free healthcare for pregnant women and children, nutrition programmes and a drive for universal access to basic quality healthcare. Although child mortality remains high, the country has reduced it from 326 deaths for every 1,000 live births in 1990, to 114 deaths per 1,000 in 2012.

Save the Children is calling upon governments to:

- publish and implement costed national healthcare plans that reach every child, including newborns, with the objective of reaching full coverage by 2030

- launch a national campaign to reduce malnutrition so that every child has the nutrition they need to survive and thrive

- increase public spending on health.



© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news