Baby Mother Care

This area of concern has been with us from the very beginning, the statistics show that the loving care the mothers are able to give is inadequate because of so many aspects they can’t control. We are determined to see these families receive infant formula where needed to save lives at the start, and then the training and support needed to continue their child’s growth in all the ways that give this new generation a fighting chance.

At present

We have the need for a preschool program for the community around Mitongwe, and are blessed with a team who are going to make that happen. We are including nutritious meals and training workshops for the families on topics such as sanitation and recognizing dehydration symptoms, which will improve health outcomes and proper care for these precious little ones.

Why are we doing this?

In Malawi 55 children per 100 live births die before age 5, with the high end of this average being in the rural villages. Children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 14 times more likely to die before the age of 5 than children in developed regions. About 45% of all child deaths are linked to malnutrition. Globally in 2015, 156 million children under 5 were estimated to be stunted, too short for their age. In many countries less than a 4th of infants under the age of 2 meet the criteria of dietary diversity and feeding frequency that are appropriate for their age. These statistics are sobering, but can be improved with access to simple, affordable interventions.

How we work

We identify the at risk populations in our programs in Kalulu and Mitongwe. We will step in with Infant Formula where needed, and training of improved farming techniques to add diversity of diet. There is an immediate need to support young mothers with education, resources and supplies, so a Preschool for ages 0-3 is being set up. Infant needs in the surrounding communities will be identified and these families will be invited to the program. The children will receive care and educational play, while the mothers can receive training and supplies for those at risk.

How you can help?