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Maternal and Child Health

World Vision is committed to improving the health and nutrition of women and children in the areas in which it works, contributing to the global reduction of under-five and maternal mortality. Good health is the foundation of a child’s life. We aim to ensure mothers and children are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have good access to essential health services.

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Ebola Medical Supply Donation
Sep 18, 2014

World Vision, McKesson, other donors prepare massive shipment of medical supplies to support Sierra Leone health workers

Days before the government of Sierra Leone institutes a three-day quarantine to contain the spread of Ebola, World Vision will begin a massive delivery of 200 pallets of medical relief supplies.

Ebola virus outbreak and World Vision’s response efforts
Jan 22, 2015

Ebola outbreak continues to devastate West Africa

Faced with the deadliest Ebola virus outbreak in history, World Vision is on the front lines of efforts to curb and prevent spread of the disease in Sierra Leone and other countries in West Africa.

Sponsorship saved Inness.
Sep 10, 2014

Sponsorship saves Inness’ life

Early in 2013, 9-year-old Inness began to complain of pain in her stomach. “It was like something biting my intestines inside,” she says. “It was so painful.” Inness is alive today because of the help provided through World Vision’s sponsorship program in Hamaundu, Zambia.

Three-year-old Ajoy is malnourished, and his father's salary as a tailor only provides enough money each month to buy poor quality vegetables and rice. New efforts to support maternal and child health could help children like Ajoy and others around the world live longer, healthier lives. (PHOTO courtesy World Vision)
Jun 25, 2014

USAID and partners unveil new efforts to save millions of women and children from preventable deaths

USAID will announce today that it is realigning $2.9 billion of the agency’s resources to save up to half a million children from preventable deaths by the end of 2015 — refocusing resources on high-impact programs with proven track records to save the most lives.

Under the coffee tree: A mom’s devastating loss and newfound hope
May 7, 2014

Under the coffee tree: A mom’s devastating loss and newfound hope

As we celebrate moms this weekend, imagine the agony of a loving mother who loses her baby at birth. In Uganda, it happens far too often. World Vision works with village health team members here to reduce the number of newborn fatalities, which comprise 40 percent of all deaths among children. They work with mothers before and after their pregnancies so babies can live and thrive.

Report: Malaria deaths among children under 5 down since 2000
Jan 23, 2014

Report: Malaria deaths among children under 5 down since 2000

Challenges remain in the global fight against this preventable, treatable disease, but significant progress has been made, thanks to efforts by governments and organizations like World Vision.

Women and children leaving Juba by bus to various destinations. PHOTO: Nhial Wei / World Vision
Jan 23, 2014

Cease-fire could mean access to children affected by conflict in South Sudan, says World Vision

Cease-fire announced Thursday in Addis Ababa could mean aid agencies can finally access areas where children and families have been.

Typhoon Haiyan recovery: Supporting maternal and child health
Jan 8, 2014

Typhoon Haiyan recovery: Supporting maternal and child health

Two months after the catastrophic storm made landfall in the central Philippines, World Vision continues its long-term response by providing spaces throughout the affected region for mothers and young children to spend time with each other and receive health and nutritional support.

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Fact Sheets and Extras

The Nutrition Barometer Report: Gauging National Responses to Undernutrition (PDF)

The Nutrition Barometer provides a snapshot of national governments’ commitments to addressing children’s nutrition, and the progress they have made. It looks at 36 developing countries with the highest levels of child undernutrition. The Barometer measures governments’ political and legal commitment to tackling malnutrition, as well as their financial commitment.

World Vision's 2012 G8 Policy Brief (PDF)

When the G8 leaders meet at Camp David they must look beyond pressing economic issues and their own borders and address the most pressing needs of millions of children worldwide. The 2012 G8 Summit provides both an historic opportunity and an urgent need for the leaders of eight of the world’s largest economies to show bold leadership in a determined effort to end global hunger.

Child Health Now Report: Together We Can End Preventable Deaths (PDF)

“Child Health Now” is World Vision’s first global campaign focused on a single issue: reducing the preventable deaths of children under five. In the two minutes it will take you to read this description, more than 30 children under the age of five will die. This is more than just a problem facing the developing world. It’s a “silent” emergency. And it is, we believe, the greatest child rights violation of our time.

InterAction factsheet on maternal and child health (PDF)

In 1985, USAID and UNICEF launched an initiative to combat preventable childhood diseases. In the decades since, as a leading innovator and one of the largest donors to global maternal and child health efforts, the U.S., led by USAID, has played a vital role in the development and delivery of low-cost, high-impact interventions to improve the health of the most vulnerable children and mothers.

World Vision Int'l: Healthy Children for a Healthy World (LINK)

World Vision is committed to improving the health and nutrition of women and children in the areas in which it works, contributing to the global reduction of under-five and maternal mortality.

World Vision Int'l: Healthy and Strong (LINK)

Good health in early childhood, especially in the first 1,000 days from conception to their second birthday, is the foundation of a child’s wellbeing. It saddens us tremendously that every day more than 20,000 children under 5 will die of preventable causes.