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Today, nearly 18,000 children under age 5 will die of mostly preventable causes, such as diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia. We focus on child and maternal health, using basic medicines, supplies, and interventions to prevent and treat illnesses at the community level. These accomplishments represent some of our 2013 impact:
long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets distributed in five African countries, protecting more than 7.5 million people
Achievements made possible in 2013 with the support of World Vision donors all around the world, USAID, and Global Fund grants.
children reached with health and nutrition programming
Achievements made possible in 2013 with the support of World Vision donors in the United States.
vaccinated for polio through World Vision projects over five years
Achievements made possible with the support of World Vision donors in the United States.
Citizen Voice and Action is World Vision’s primary approach to community level advocacy through social accountability. It is designed to improve the relationship between communities and their government in order to improve services, like health care and education, that impact the daily lives of children and their families. In Zambia, World Vision and Columbia University conducted a qualitative evaluation of Citizen Voice and Action related to health systems in three rural districts in Zambia and found it to be successful. Click to see their resulting abstract, which was accepted for presentation at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. Read the report (pdf) >
Using mobile technology to improve womens health in Afghanistan. In war-torn Afghanistan, rates of maternal mortality and neonatal mortality are among the highest in the world. Women have limited access to maternal and newborn care services due to geographic barriers, security problems, cultural concerns about women leaving the home without a male companion, and hesitance for women to receive care from male health workers. Despite investments to improve quality of maternal and newborn care in health facilities, women commonly deliver at home and fail to access health care, even when faced with danger signs. Nested within a larger health project for mothers and children, this USAID-funded research study in Herat Province, Afghanistan, tested the innovative use of mobile technology by community health workers to improve care-seeking behavior and use of services by pregnant and postpartum women, their families, and communities. Read the report (pdf) >
Archive: 2012 World Vision’s Alive & Thrive report from Ethiopia’s Humbo district helps educate mothers of infants and young children on proper infant and young child feeding practices. Read the report (pdf) >
We’ve centered our health strategy on mothers and young children through a continuum of care and life cycle approach to promote health and nutrition practices and prevent major causes of disease. World Vision uses the WHO and UNICEF integrated approach in its health programming for the well-being of children and management of childhood illnesses through immunizations, community case management of diarrhea and acute respiratory diseases, and promotion of bed nets for use against malaria.
This strategy is in alignment with our goal to help meet the health-related U.N. Millennium Development Goals to reduce deaths of children under 5 years of age; reduce maternal deaths; and combat HIV and AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, pneumonia, diarrheal diseases, and other infectious diseases.
Our approach focuses on improving the availability and accessibility of seven proven and affordable interventions for pregnant women and 11 interventions (7-11 strategy) for children under 24 months of age, a critical time to establish healthy physical and developmental growth.
These interventions include:
Our integrated approach considers the global scope of the problem, down to the toll the disease takes on the most vulnerable children. World Vision’s interventions include prevention education; prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; and caring for those infected with the disease or affected by it.
We also train and equip volunteer networks to care for those who are sick, and to look after children who are orphaned or vulnerable because of HIV and AIDS.
World Vision works in 63 of the 106 countries where malaria is endemic, and in 14 of the 19 countries targeted by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative. World Vision supports the Roll Back Malaria Partnership targets of reducing malaria deaths by the end of 2015 to near zero and reducing global malaria cases by 75 percent from the 2000 level.
To achieve these targets, we provide technical support to train local ministry of health, clinic, and government staff in pharmaceutical management and malaria case management among pregnant women and children.
We also distribute long-lasting, insecticidal bed nets (LLINs) in communities where malaria is prevalent. Bed nets are a proven and effective part of the World Health Organization’s recommended strategy to prevent infections and deaths from malaria. World Vision distribution of LLINs consists of the following core activities:
World Vision is committed to the goal of reaching zero tuberculosis (TB) deaths among children worldwide by partnering with governments to raise awareness, addressing co-infections of TB and HIV, strengthening community systems, and increasing diagnosis and Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) enrollment. We implement TB projects all over the world, including many funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
World Vision also has over 25 years of global experience fighting neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), a group of infections that are especially endemic among low-income populations in developing regions of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The World Health Organization includes 17 diseases in this category, and in sub-Saharan Africa, the impact of these diseases as a group is comparable to malaria and tuberculosis. These neglected diseases can also make HIV and AIDS more deadly.
We collaborate with local ministries of health, other aid organizations, and private companies to address NTDs through mass distribution of food products, drugs (primarily Albendazole, Mebendazole, and vitamin A), medical supplies, and water and sanitation.
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