MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH






Approximately 295,000 maternal deaths occur each year globally, and 5.3 million children will not reach the age of five.

Newborns delivered and provided care

Mothers and children receiving care

Healthcare workers empowered

WHY MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH?

We believe that health is a human right. Giving birth should not be a life-threatening experience. However, in 2015 there were an estimated 303,000 maternal deaths. The World Health Organization refers to Maternal Health as the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. In some developing countries, 1 in 54 women die during pregnancy and childbirth — that’s a 90x more likely occurrence than in developed countries.

Approximately half of women in developing countries have access to skilled care during pregnancy and childbirth. The greatest factors that prevent women from receiving skilled care are poverty, lack of information, distance from medical facilities, inadequate services, and cultural practices. Because most complications of pregnancy and childbirth are well-known and treatable or preventable, providing access to skilled care during childbirth, as well as providing education and support in the weeks after childbirth is crucial and can drastically decrease the rate of maternal mortality.

In 2018, approximately 5.3 million children under the age of five died. Four out of every five deaths occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia and are caused by illnesses that are not only treatable, but preventable. More than half of all childhood deaths are caused by diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, and preterm birth. All of these causes are preventable through vaccinations, medication, nutrition, and health education.

2.6 million infants die each year during their first month of life. A vast majority of these deaths can be prevented with proven, simple and inexpensive solutions. By providing resources, health education, and training to communities in impoverished regions of the world, we can drastically decrease the rates of child mortality.

Daniel's Thriving Business in Rwanda
Daniel received a grant from ODW's partner Zoe Ministry to start a business selling fruits and vegetables. With his profits, Daniel expanded his business selling bananas, eggplants and onions. With his savings, he bought three goats (he now owns five) and five hens for his siblings. He took a group loan to buy one pig. Daniel grows cassava, sweet potatoes, beans, sorghum, arrowroots, Irish potatoes and maize and has a kitchen garden.
 
Improved Health at School
Miguel was known by his teachers to be a shy child with obvious signs of malnourishment. Once enrolled in the school health program started by our partner Mil Milagros, he began to come out of his shell. Miguel’s teacher reports that he is now paying better attention in class due to his improved hygiene habits, nutritious breakfast, and healthy snack he receives at school each day.
Community Gardens in Senegal
With year-round access to abundant, affordable, and clean water, cooperative members in three rural communities now have the resources necessary to grow vegetables throughout the year for the first time ever. With water and training in sustainable agriculture, residents will have sustainable access to nutritious foods and will gain a reliable source of household income.
Romulo Plants Corn
Romulo Gonzalez, a corn farmer in Guatemala, switched to Semilla Nueva's bio-fortified corn seed to meet his family’s needs. By planting the fortified corn seed F3, farmers are able to grow enough nutritious corn to feed their entire family with tasty, iron, protein, and zinc enriched tortillas for a year.

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