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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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Elizabeth is a 38-year-old woman and a female burial worker living in the Bo District in southern Sierra Leone. She believes in sacrificial work-especially that of restoring the dignity of her fellow women who die to Ebola during the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, despite heightened stigmatization of burial workers. PHOTO ©2014 World Vision / Sarah Wilson
Mar 3, 2015

Prioritizing needs of children critical to Ebola eradication and recovery

World Vision is urging global leaders attending the European Union High-Level Conference on Ebola in Brussels this week to offer increased support for children in affected West African countries. More than 8,000 children have been orphaned in Sierra Leone alone.

The University of Pittsburgh football team and World Vision partnered to build Ebola Caregiver Kits for health workers in Sierra Leone. PHOTO: Courtesy, University of Pittsburgh
Feb 26, 2015

University of Pittsburgh, World Vision build emergency kits for Ebola health workers

The University of Pittsburgh football team partnered with World Vision to build Ebola Caregiver Kits for staff in Sierra Leone. One of the students, Patrick Amara, was born in Sierra Leone and said he was happy to participate in the effort to help his country.

After Ebola, survivors and orphans face challenges
Feb 16, 2015

After Ebola, survivors and orphans face challenges

Aruma, 14, lost his parents, his elder brother, and three younger siblings to Ebola. He’s one of more than 11,000 children in West Africa who have lost one or both parents to the Ebola virus. World Vision is helping provide for the needs of children like Aruma.

Feb 12, 2015

Nutrition training empowers mother to keep her child nourished

When Fiston Kengawe was just 14 months old, his grandmother took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with acute malnutrition. World Vision works to help children suffering from malnutrition but also trains and educates families how to better feed and care for children like Fiston.

Fatima, 8, and her friend, Sathi, 7, live at a center for vulnerable children in Bangladesh. The center, run by World Vision, cares for children who are living on the streets or in local brothels with their mothers. PHOTO: Jon Warren / World Vision
Feb 10, 2015

Next week’s meeting at UN key moment for children, says World Vision

Ending extreme poverty is only going to be possible if governments gathered for next week’s post-2015 meeting focus efforts on reaching all children, especially those living in war, fragility and instability, World Vision said Monday.

World Vision distributes its first shipment of Ebola health supplies to Mali's Ministry of Health. PHOTO: Francine Obura / World Vision
Feb 6, 2015

Emergency health supplies help World Vision remain vigilant against Ebola in Mali

World Vision received its first donation of personal protective equipment in Mali Thursday. The goods will be used by Mali’s Ministry of Health to protect its frontline health staff.

A young mother named Kham, in Pong village, Laos, brought her six children to be vaccinated against measles, rubella, and polio. PHOTO: Nila Douanesouvanh / World Vision
Jan 26, 2015

Children’s lives at risk because of potential immunization funding shortfall

Leading international aid agencies warn that the world’s largest partnership for child immunization faces up to a $US 500 million funding shortfall for the next phase of its life-saving work.

Elizabeth is a 38-year-old woman and a female burial worker living in the Bo District in southern Sierra Leone. PHOTO: Sarah Wilson / World Vision
Jan 16, 2015

World Vision to help bring community education, understanding in major Ebola vaccine initiative

World Vision is a part of a major initiative to bring an Ebola vaccine to help stem the devastating West Africa outbreak of the disease.

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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.