Maternal and Child Health
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, immunization, access to contraception, skilled attendance at birth, and emergency obstetric care make a real difference.
UMCOR’s Maternal and Child Survival program provides essential care to mothers and children. Our strategy 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.
UMCOR supports United Methodist health facilities so that they can provide immunizations for the six primary childhood diseases: polio, tetanus, whooping cough, typhoid, measles, and tuberculosis. And we show mothers and community health workers how to use growth charts and scales so they can monitor a child’s overall physical condition.