Why World Vision is in Mauritania

Living in rural Mauritania can be deadly, especially for a pregnant mother or very young child. Many communities don’t have health facilities nearby and there aren’t enough doctors, nurses, or midwives. When a health worker is desperately needed—such as during a difficult labor or when a newborn has a high fever—there may not be one. For every 1,000 children born, 85 die before their fifth birthday. To help fill the healthcare gap, we are assisting health centers with immunization campaigns and training community health workers. These local life-savers provide essential care and can protect children from many of the major preventable causes of death like diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria. They equip families with the knowledge and skills to prevent disease, promoting good nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation. We are also helping parents set up savings groups so they can increase their income and set aside money for medical expenses and emergencies.

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Progress in Mauritania

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Our savings groups provided interest-bearing savings accounts and microloans that help parents start small businesses and pay for their children's education and healthcare.
  • We organized training sessions to educate communities about child protection issues such as the importance of birth certificates to access healthcare and education and the dangers of early marriage.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • To decrease the incidence of childhood malnutrition, we partnered with health center staff to teach parents about measuring their children's growth and cooking nutritious meals with locally available ingredients.
  • We helped health centers conduct immunization campaigns and educate parents to decrease preventable childhood diseases. We also distributed water purification kits to prevent waterborne illnesses and insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect against malaria.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • To improve the quality of early childhood education, we collaborated with local officials to train teachers on following preschool standards and regulations.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Following Christ's example, we worked alongside children and families to change lives, promote peace and understanding, and demonstrate God's unconditional love.

Prayer Requests from Mauritania

World Vision's staff in Mauritania are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Malnourished children to be identified and rehabilitated.


  • Families who have lost their homes to flooding.