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Today, nearly 19,000 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 2012 impact:
long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets were distributed to prevent malaria
Achievements made possible in 2012 with the support of World Vision donors all around the world, USAID, and Global Fund grants.
children may be treated for malaria with the medicines provided to local health facilities in Mali
Achievements made possible in 2012 with the support of World Vision donors all around the world.
children in 10 countries received vaccinations to prevent disease
Achievements made possible in 2012 with the support of World Vision donors in the United States.
World Vision’s Alive & Thrive project in Ethiopia’s Humbo district helps educate mothers of infants and young children on proper infant and young child feeding practices. Mothers in Humbo used to follow traditional practices that contributed to malnourishment. After one year of Alive and Thrive’s educational project implementation, 80 percent of mothers continued breastfeeding, and more than 50 percent of mothers waited to introduce complementary feeding until six months. This will help to decrease stunting in children’s development and encourage proper nutrition.
World Vision’s Uwinkingi Health Center in Rwanda opened in April 2010 to provide basic healthcare to the 22,700 residents of this community, where more than 27 percent of children under age 5 were malnourished and nearly 18 percent of children died before they reached the age of 5. The new health center includes a pharmacy, nutrition center, and maternity ward. Providing vaccinations and nutrition monitoring are two services that will improve healthcare for vulnerable children.
We’ve centered our health strategy on mothers and young children, with an emphasis on tackling infectious diseases — the main cause of maternal and child mortality. 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, and other diseases.
Our approach focuses on improving the availability and accessibility of seven proven and affordable interventions for pregnant women and 11 interventions for children under 24 months of age.
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.
Yes, we do 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: