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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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The story behind our most popular Instagram post
Aug 14, 2015

The story behind our most popular Instagram post

Six-year-old Oyunsuvd smiles while holding one of her family’s sheep. But what’s the story behind that smile?

A medical staff member examines an infant at Kinihira Health Center in Rwanda. World Vision helped to provide health training and supplies for the center, which was built by the government. PHOTO: Lucy Aulich/World Vision
Jul 31, 2015

World Vision praises introduction of the Reach Every Mother and Child Act

Act will work to dramatically accelerate the reduction of preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths worldwide.

Sister Margaret hands out bowls of food to children at St. Joseph School in Kuajok, one of many "food for education" programs in Warrup State, South Sudan. Sister Margaret, a South Sudanese nun with the Sacred Heart Order of Egypt, is driven, she says, by her faith in Jesus to help the children of South Sudan. PHOTO: World Vision/Jon Warren
Jul 15, 2015

Global Conference on Religion and Sustainable Development: strengthening partnerships to end extreme poverty

Efforts to control Ebola epidemic, reduce stigma a recent example of faith leaders coming together and leading in the development sphere.

Killing worms and gaining weight
Jul 10, 2015

Killing worms and gaining weight

Underweight and suffering from worms, 2-year-old Hnin needed more than a home remedy. 

World Vision 2015 Gift Catalog (cover)
Jun 23, 2015

World Vision Gift Catalog 20th Anniversary

Over the past 20 years 790,000 donors have given life-changing gifts through World Vision's Gift Catalog — such as goats, clean water, food and education — helping 7.3 million people in need around the world.

World Vision began resuming limited operations in Upper Nile, South Sudan after suspending programs last month due to violence.
Jun 15, 2015

World Vision resumes limited operations in Upper Nile after violence, looting shut down programs

World Vision began resuming limited operations in Upper Nile, South Sudan after suspending programs last month due to violence. 

Severe drought returns to Somalia
Jun 3, 2015

Severe drought returns to Somalia

Suffering people tell World Vision staff, “This is the worst drought we have ever seen.”

Dirty water kills seven children in one family
May 13, 2015

Dirty water kills seven children in one family

In rural Niger, one man's family suffered from the community's dirty water source. 


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.

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.

USA Today: Edible gifts that give back (child health - LINK)

Purchase a packet or jar of Good Spread peanut butter (made in Georgia) and the company will donate therapeutic nutrition to a child in need. Good Spread partners with MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive Aid) and World Vision who distributes the Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to malnourished children around the world.

HP Matter (Fast Company) Spotlight on mHealth: Mobile phone health technology (maternal health - LINK)

“This unprecedented access to mobile phones at the village level, it really does change the game,” says Sherrie Simms, head of global nonprofit World Vision’s mHealth efforts. “It’s like having a mini-computer in your hand that allows for a whole host of potential uses and applications for health education.”

Devex: 4 innovations on mHealth and POC devices (maternal health - LINK)

There has been much talk about innovations in mobile health technologies among the international aid community in recent years. But now there’s a new kid on the block: Point of care (POC). World Vision International is one of the in-country partners involved in implementing the POC CD4 testing.

Upworthy: Find out the fastest and saddest way to shrink a child's heart ... literally (hunger - LINK)

Approximately 805 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That's about 1 in 9 people on earth. And that stat gets even sadder when you understand all of the impacts of malnutrition on the body — especially on a child. See how World Vision recommends we catch world hunger and save the minds, hearts, and bodies of millions of children all around the world.

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Nonprofits and government agencies react to Obama's proposed budget (foreign affairs - LINK)

In a statement to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Bob Zachritz, vice president for advocacy and government relations at World Vision U.S., said President Obama's proposed budget “makes a strong commitment to the international affairs budget, which will help partner organizations like World Vision meet the needs of the most vulnerable around the world.”

Fox News: As Ebola trials near, raising awareness in Sierra Leone is next task (Ebola - LINK)

World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, is one of three groups involved in a $250 million campaign called the Innovative Medicines Initiative that aims to accelerate the development and manufacturing of Ebola vaccines. In addition to working to facilitate the trial of the Ebola vaccines, World Vision is developing a mobile app to send alerts and information to West Africans.

The Wall Street Journal: The UN agency that bungled Ebola (LINK)

The Ebola outbreak has again revealed an international health system that lacks the plans and capabilities to fight an epidemic or pandemic. Atop the pyramid of this health system sits the United Nations’ World Health Organization, whose 1948 charter gives it “directing authority” for “international health work.” World Visionand other NGOs have a presence around the world. These are the players who increasingly lead transformations in global health, eclipsing the WHO and its model of statist solutions.

The New York Times: A depression-fighting strategy that could go viral (mental health - LINK)

When Ebola ends, the people who have suffered, who have lost loved ones, will need many things. They will need ways to rebuild their livelihoods. They will need a functioning health system, which can ensure that future outbreaks do not become catastrophes. And they will need mental health care. We sometimes imagine depression is a first-world problem, but it is just as widespread, if not more so, in poor countries, where there is a good deal more to be depressed about.