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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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Children lacking boots play in the snow in sandals
Dec 9, 2013

Children lacking boots play in the snow in sandals

The Gegharkunik region of Armenia is considered the coldest in the country. In winter, the high temperature can be 4 below zero, while at night it may drop to 22 below zero. These kinds of temperatures are even more challenging, because many children don’t have warm clothes to wear. World Vision works to provide warm clothing and shoes to children in need in cold climates like this.

InterAction members applaud passage of PEPFAR in 2013.
Nov 22, 2013

World Vision joins InterAction and applauds passage of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

World Vision joins InterAction and applauds passage of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013

World AIDS Day: A caregiver’s love saves, transforms lives in Zambia
Nov 5, 2013

A caregiver’s love saves, transforms lives in Zambia

December 1 is World AIDS Day. In Zambia, Richard Sianeza is an HIV-positive father who is thankful for his best friend, a World Vision-trained caregiver, for saving his life and inspiring him to do the same work.

World Vision to immunize 100,000 against Somalia polio outbreak
Oct 4, 2013

World Vision to immunize 100,000 against Somalia polio outbreak

Declared polio-free in 2007, Somalia is again facing a polio outbreak, largely due to gaps in vaccination because of conflict and disaster.

“Health Gap” leads to thousands of preventable child deaths daily, report finds
Sep 26, 2013

“Health Gap” leads to thousands of preventable child deaths daily, report finds

A new World Vision report examines the gap between the "health rich" and "health poor"  and the impact of this gap on the well-being of vulnerable children.

A child in Cambodia participates in song, prayer, and games in a place where sponsored and non-sponsored children alike can come and learn about good hygiene and sanitation practices, and how to take care of their health.
Sep 12, 2013

World Vision reacts to UNICEF Child Survival report

World Vision responds to a new UNICEF report on child survival statistics.

Cover photo from the 2013 Lancet series on nutrition.
Jun 7, 2013

World Vision response to Lancet series on nutrition

The new Lancet series confirms what we know from our years of working on this issue – that tackling undernutrition is both the most important long-term problem facing children, and that doing so isn’t complicated. It means making it a priority at every level.

Donated medicines save young boy with worms
Sep 11, 2013

Donated medicines save young boy with worms

Six-year-old Reason Haamayuwa had been sick for two years, getting increasingly worse, before he went to a World Vision clinic and got medicine to help him heal.

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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.