Despite progress in the last 30 years, there is still a massive gap in basic health care in poor rural communities. That gap contributes to staggering statistics.
- Every day, 13,773 children under the age of 5 still die from things they shouldn’t have to. Things like birth complications, pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria – all largely treatable and preventable.
- In Sub-Saharan Africa, 4 out of 10 children are stunted. Stunting is the impaired growth and development experienced by children with chronic poor nutrition or repeated infection in the first 1,000 days of life.
- 830 women die every day from preventable causes associated with pregnancy and childbirth. In our project areas, half the health clinics don’t have clean water, and 84% don't even have basic hand washing facilities.
Together, we can stop preventable death in its tracks. That’s why we focus on pregnant mothers and the first 1,000 days of their child’s life in three critical ways.
Prevention: We empower women with vital health knowledge and support so they and their children are less likely to be affected by malnutrition, disease, and sickness in the first place.
Treatment: We equip and train local community health workers to quickly diagnose and treat cases of malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea in homes to greatly increase survival rates.
Clinic upgrades: We fill gaps at rural clinics — access to clean water, equipment, supplies, medicine, and staff training — so workers have a better chance of successfully treating patients.