In many parts of the world, up to 20 percent of children die before their fifth birthday from preventable diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. In addition, more than 300,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth each year. The tragedy of these statistics is that nearly all of these deaths are preventable. Training in basic child health, access to potable water and sanitation, immunization, access to contraception, skilled attendance at birth, and emergency obstetric care make a real difference.
Goals & Objectives
UMCOR's Maternal and Child Survival program provides essential care to mothers and children. Our strategy and objective is to educate people about four simple solutions: nutrition, oral rehydration, immunization, and growth monitoring. We teach mothers about proper nutrition, including the importance of breast-feeding; train community health workers and mothers in oral rehydration, using the life-saving mixture of clean water, salt, baking soda, and sugar. The community based primary health care model that UMCOR and GBGM has espoused since over 20 years, with its emphasis on maternal and child health, is the best approach to saving lives. The ultimate goals are to: (1.) Reduce infant mortality and morbidity rates and (2.) Reduce maternal mortality and morbidity rates, which can lead to the overall improvement in health of the community.
UMCOR Health and Development supports a grant process that allows UM health boards and partners to apply for funds to for programs that execute the following activities, as part of a broader, integrated Maternal and Child Health Strategy: 1. Health education and awareness training of village health workers. 2. Training of traditional birth attendants 3. Supplying vaccines 4. Treatment of common illnesses 5. Access to clean water and sanitation 6. Nutrition demonstration 7. Provide for facilities for safe deliveries