Baby Mother Care
This area has been our concern from the very beginning. 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 when needed to save lives at the start, and then the training and support necessary to continue their child’s growth in all the ways that give this new generation a fighting chance.
We are now blessed with a facility and team that are creating an environment of hope. Our Mitongwe Play Centre has been developed in the Community Building. 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, underdeveloped 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. 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 when needed, and training on improved farming techniques to add diversity of diet. The need to support young mothers with education, resources and supplies, is now being met by our Play Centre at Mitongwe. Families with the greatest need in the neighbouring communities will be invited to the program. The children will receive care and educational play, while the mothers can receive training and supplies.
How you can help?
Baby Mother Care
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Your gift to our Baby Mother CARE will enable supplies, meals and program development to enrich the lives of the mothers and their children. They all need a strong start like this!
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.