Maternal and child health

  1. By teaching other mothers in Bangladesh about hygiene and cooking healthy meals Shkahina is breaking the cycle of malnutrition.
  2. Carrying children to a neighbouring village for healthcare is common in Tanzania and many other developing nations.
  3. Monitoring children’s health through regular weighing is a proven way of spotting malnutrition before it strikes.
  4. Nurse Edward Banda travels vast distances across Zambia to bring healthcare to mothers.
  5. By funding health with at least 15% of their annual budget, governments can improve healthcare for mothers and children.
  6. Educating mothers about nutrition and hygiene build awareness of healthcare at a community level.
  7. In Laos, mothers attend a general health check up thanks to a visiting mobile health clinic.
  8. In Nigeria, keeping up immunisation is difficult without stable access to healthcare.
  9. Mid-Wife Crisis

Every year, 7.6 million children die before their fifth birthday. Every year, almost 300,000 women in the developing world die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. And yet many of the solutions are well known, proven and cost-effective.

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What is this about?

Mothers and their children are the most vulnerable members of any society. Globally, more than 7.6 million children die of preventable causes before the age of five*. They die mostly of diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia - diseases that are entirely preventable.


Who is it happening to?

Globally, almost 300,000 mothers die from complications during pregnancy and childbirth every year. Add to this the 7.6 million children who die before they turn five and the true scale of this crisis is apparent. The real tragedy is that many of these deaths can be prevented.


Where is it happening?

Australia has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. In many other countries, giving birth isn’t as safe. About half of 7.6 million under-five deaths occur in only five countries: India, Nigeria, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan and China. India (22 per cent) and Nigeria (11 per cent) together account for a third of all under-five deaths.


Why is it happening?

Every year, almost 300,000 women die due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth and close to 7.6 million children die before they reach five years of age. Of these deaths, 99% are in the developing world. So why is it happening?


What is our response?

World Vision has worked on health issues globally for more than 50 years, so we know that focusing on maternal and child health can bring lasting change. We want to support learning about nutrition, disease prevention and sanitation while improving access to medical care.


How you can help?

World Vision is tackling the problem of maternal and child health head on. We have programs addressing health in the field as well as a global advocacy campaign that everyone can be involved with.


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