Where does my money go when I donate to VSO?
The money you donate to this campaign will be spent to support our life saving work in countries around the world, including the supply of medical equipment and training by volunteers. You can read much more about how VSO raised and spent your generous donations in 2015/16 in our Global Annual Review 2016.
How much do VSO spend on admin and salary costs?
Last year 87p of every £1 you gave went directly towards fighting poverty worldwide. The remaining 13p was spent on day-to-day running of the charity and raising the next £1 so that we can help even more people this year.
What do VSO do?
VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that fights poverty overseas through the lasting power of volunteers. We bring people together to generate insights, ideas and, above all, action on poverty and exclusion. Our extraordinary volunteers work with local experts, organisations, governments and businesses in some of the world’s poorest communities, using their unique skills and experience to help improve lives for generations to come.
For more information please see Fighting Poverty.
Where does the 1 million figure come from?
One million babies died on their first day of life in 2012. This is from the Save the Children report Ending Newborn Deaths released in 2014.
How did you arrive at the ‘every 34 seconds’ figure?
One million babies died on their first day of life in 2012, which equates to one baby every 34 seconds. This is from the Save the Children report Ending Newborn Deaths released in 2014.
Where does the statistic that in Uganda only 58% of women have a skilled health worker present when giving birth come from?
This comes from the Save the Children report Ending Newborn Deaths released in 2014.
Where does VSO operate?
We provide vital resources and skilled volunteers to 24 countries around the world. For more information about the projects we run in these countries please see here.
Is the story in your campaign real?
Yes. All of the mothers, babies, volunteers and staff mentioned in the campaign are real people who have shared their stories with us, and given us permission to share these with you. In some cases names have been changed to protect identities and representative photographs have been used.
Where does the story about parents in Uganda not naming their babies come from?
VSO Volunteer Doctor Aisling Walsh highlighted this practice during her time in the Gulu Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Over the six months she volunteered there she picked this up from the mothers she supported. There are many cultural practices around baby naming in the Acholi region, including giving babies names that reference the fact that they have survived, for example Obwot/Abwot meaning ‘I survived death’, and Oyik/Ayiko meaning ‘I have buried too many’.
Sources: interviews with Dr Aisling Walsh, Identity, Memory and Gender in Child naming Among the Acholi people of Northern Uganda by Dr Charles Amone.
Where does the statistic “in Uganda the neonatal mortality rate is 10 times higher than that of the UK” come from?
The World Health Organisation publish neonatal mortality statistics, see here.
Where does the statement “from the six months between July to December 2015, the mortality rate was 16.1% – now it’s 9.7%” come from?
The source is an interview with VSO Volunteer Doctor Aisling Walsh, June 2016, while working at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.
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Who took the photos used in this campaign?
All photos are by Ginny Lattul, unless otherwise specified.