Maternal, newborn and child health

Tdh’s vision is to significantly and substantially contribute to the reduction of disease and mortality in children under five and their mothers. With innovative approaches and in collaboration with local actors, we improve the quality of health services in the remotest and poorest areas of the world. A specific focus is given to health services around birth, when most deaths take place.

What we do in maternal, newborn and child health

Good quality healthcare services

The health of children and their mothers is most at risk at birth as well as during the first years of life. It is during this crucial period that health interventions can effectively reduce mortality rates and positively influence the child’s development. To improve the quality of healthcare services, we train health workers on standard clinical protocols. We also improve the water, hygiene, and sanitation (WASH) conditions in healthcare facilities, and data management through digital tools. With timely data collection and analysis, health workers can better diagnose and treat children’s illnesses and do evidence-based interventions. Tdh works closely with governments and local authorities to advocate for financially accessible health services for pregnant women and children under five, to ensure universal health coverage.

Community engagement for the management and monitoring of health

We strengthen the competencies of community health staff in remote areas to improve the management and maintenance of healthcare facilities, including their water and sanitation systems. By training community groups and improving the local governance of health centres, we strengthen the trust of communities in the health system. Through participatory learning, we empower and mobilise communities to improve their health, sanitation and hygiene and advocate for quality services at a local level. Tdh’s specialists also train communities to be prepared for natural disasters and to reduce disaster risks.

Healthy behaviour in families

We provide health education on perinatal and child healthcare, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, on family planning as well as on the availability of services. Mothers therefore adopt good nutrition, health and hygiene practices to prevent malnutrition and illnesses. They are also able to detect danger signals and seek treatment when needed. We advocate for a change in behaviour related to gender equality. Through this, women become more confident to take control of their own health and that of their children.
 

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