More than half of early child deaths are due to conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions (WHO). The Leading causes of death in under-5 children are preterm birth complications, pneumonia, birth asphyxia, diarrhoea and malaria. About 45% of all child deaths are linked to malnutrition.
Our Child and Community health interventions focus on strengthening local referral systems, and building local ownership of the services through;
- Community management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)
- Child and Maternal Health
- Emergency health interventions
Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)
Our CMAM activities are based on nutrition status of a given area, we target areas with GAM rates above 15% and SAM above 2% (based on WHO emergency threshold). Interventions include: Treatment of SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) for boys and girls under 5s both with and without medical complications; Treatment of MAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) for boys and girls under 5s, and PLWs; Micronutrient supplementation with Vitamin A, Deworming; Community based screening and referrals and SMART nutrition surveys; Promotion of Optimal child feeding and care (IYCF)
To improve the sub-optimal coverage of major antigens in most of the remote areas we operate, interventions such as: Capacity building of local health workers on cold chain management and antigen administration and vaccine safety; Support routine vaccination and outreach options; Awareness raising and accelerated vaccination campaigns based on the need; Work with local health authorities and civil societies to support immunization health information systems
Child and Maternal Health
Reproductive Health: A child’s risk of dying is highest in the neonatal period, the first 28 days of life. Safe childbirth and effective neonatal care are essential to prevent these deaths. 45% of child deaths under the age of 5 take place during the neonatal period. (According to WHO).
This is based on a number of factors including; limited reproductive facilities and challenged referral systems, improper reproductive health choices, limiting traditional practices/barriers. Our Interventions focus on Absorbing traditional barriers and improving reproductive health choices among communities
Childhood illnesses: Child growth is oftentimes challenged with frequent illnesses that are associated with i.e. diarrhoeas, Fevers, Coughs and skin infections that symptomize a number of diseases and syndromes. Our interventions include; Training of local health workers on Management of Childhood illnesses; Support and management of basic health units; Key messages awareness on child health monitoring and early treatment seeking among communities