Carolyn Miles

India: Carolyn Miles Visit
Carolyn Miles visits the Sanjay Colony urban slum in Dehli, India, where Save the Childrenís community health volunteers connect pregnant women and mothers with young children to a Save the Children mobile health clinic and to the public health system. From Carolynís HuffPost blog ( * note Meena is correct spelling, not Meha, which is in original blog. There was still a deep sadness in Kismati's eyes as we sat on her family's sole bed, speaking quietly. It was on that bed's hard wooden planks that her fourth child, a little girl, had died 18 months ago, taking only a few tiny breaths before she couldn't anymore. The traditional birth attendant who neighbors had called to help Kismati didn't know what to do. And so her little angel died. Four times out of five, a baby suffering from birth asphyxia can be resuscitated. All that's needed is a health worker with basic training and a device costing $6. Yet, 25 percent of newborn deaths are caused by birth asphyxia because even that care is out of reach for many women. Globally, 45 million women give birth without skilled help every year. Kismati said she cried every day, but that a neighbor trained by Save the Children as a community health volunteer became a source of comfort. When Kismati got pregnant again, she listened to Meena* and sought out prenatal care at a mobile health clinic. And she made a plan to get to the nearest hospital to deliver. It was intimidating for Kismati, who never went to school and never left her immediate neighborhood. But she trusted her neighbor, saved money for an auto-rickshaw taxi, and gave birth safely in a hospital. As we talked, she called for her daughter to bring 15-month-old Suraj. When she took him in her arms, it was clear how infinite a mother's love is. She rocked him playfully and thanked Meena for bringing joy back in her life. Overview of Program: Save the Childrenís 2013 State of thePhotograph by Soumen Nath
  • Title
    President and CEO
  • Affiliation
    Save the Children

Since being named CEO of the nonprofit group in 2011, Miles has helped double the number of children the organization reaches, both domestically and abroad. “She is managing an enormous global enterprise under some of the worst conditions imaginable,” says Yale School of Management professor and leadership expert Tom Kolditz. “I suspect that her efforts contribute directly to saving the lives of more than a thousand children a day, maybe more.”