After becoming the world's newest country, South Sudan faces the enormous task of rebuilding its education system. Plan Canada is building two schools in two of the most conflict-affected areas, and training child-friendly teachers to take charge of student's learning.
South Sudan became the world's newest country on July 9, 2011. Plan is helping to build the country's education system nearly from scratch.
Plan will build six primary schools in Télimélé, Guinea this year. The first graduating class will include approximately 300 students.
In Western Guinea, only 1 out of 10 children finish primary school. The situation is even worse for girls. Plan realized that providing new schools and teacher training in the area could make a big difference.
90% of child deaths in Ethiopia are due to pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, neonatal-related illness, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS.
26,000 women die each year in Ethiopia because of complications during pregnancy.
We know how to prevent and treat each of these issues but we haven't put a stop to these deaths.
Plan works with the Ethiopian government to help prevent death during childbirth for almost 250,000 women of child-bearing age. Plan strengthens local health systems, trains health workers and educates families about how to have safe pregnancies.
Young people in Burkina Faso are struggling to read and write: the literacy rate among 15-24 year olds is 47% for boys and 33% for girls. That means that less than half the country's youth know how to read and write!
Most Burkinabe children are in school, but not all of them: 83% of boys and 74% of girls at primary school age in Burkina Faso attend school.
But that number drops when it comes time to go to high school: only 23% of boys and 17% of girls go to secondary school in Burkina Faso.
More than 6,000 youth in Burkina Faso are enrolled in job training that prepares them to work in the mining industry. Once their training is over, they work with Plan to put their skills to the test in new jobs and businesses.
An internally displaced person (IDP) is someone who has fled their home, similar to a refugee. The difference between an IDP and a refugee is that refugees have crossed into a new country, while IDPs are displaced within their home country. (Source: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c146.html)
Violence and conflict during more than 20 years has caused as many as five million people in Sudan to be displaced from their homes and communities. Many of these internally displaced people end up in IDP camps. (Source: http://www.internal-displacement.org/countries/sudan)
To help keep women in a Sudanese camp for internally displaced people safe and healthy, Plan supports more than 4,000 women by providing fuel-efficient stoves and training in stove building, maintenance and leadership.
In Tanzania, giving birth to a child is a risky adventure. 454 mothers die during childbirth for every 100,000 live babies that are born.
Death related to childbirth accounts for almost 20% of all deaths among women aged 15 to 49.
But it's not just moms that are dying - it's also their children. 51 babies less than one year old die for every 1,000 that are born and 81 children under five die for every 1,000 that are born.
Being a young mom puts both the mom and her baby at risk. Babies born to girls in their teens are 50% more likely to die before their first birthday than babies born to moms in their twenties.
Plan works with the whole community to prevent deaths among moms, newborns and children. The organization brings together community members and clinic and government health workers to make sure that moms get the health care they need before, during and after giving birth.
Most childhood deaths in Zimbabwe happen because of complications during childbirth. At least 75% of these deaths happen in the first week of a baby's life and most of these deaths could be prevented at a low cost.
One of the major causes of deaths among babies under one year in Zimbabwe is HIV/AIDS transmitted from mother to child. HIV/AIDS accounts for more than 20% of babies who die in their first year of life in Zimbabwe.
HIV contributes to 25% of moms who die during or shortly after childbirth.
More than half of Ghana's population lives in rural areas.
451 mothers die in childbirth for every 100,000 babies who are born alive.
Almost two-thirds of these deaths happen in rural areas.
Plan tackles the obstacles to emergency care for pregnant moms in rural areas in Ghana by helping community members recognize and respond to emergencies and improving local health services' ability to respond.
When emergencies happen, the time it takes to get help is crucial. In cities, hospitals and clinics are often just a short car ride away. But in rural areas in Ghana, it's not as easy as a quick trip to the emergency room. As a result, pregnant women from rural areas in Ghana are dying of preventable and treatable emergencies.