Mother and child health

Our vision is to reduce substantially the burden of mortality for children under five years old and their mothers. We provide health services to mothers during pregnancy and birth to save children’s lives during this critical period. With the help of innovative approaches and in collaboration with local actors, we improve the quality of care.

Our mother and child health projects

Making pregnancy and childbirth safer

Both children’s and mothers’ health is most at risk from the beginning of pregnancy through the child’s second year. It is during this crucial period that health projects can most effectively influence a child’s development, even with limited resources. We train mid-wives and provide information to mothers in remote areas. They receive pre- and postnatal care as well as obstetric care. The presence of skilled health workers means lowering the consequences of complications.

Preventing and treating childhood illnesses

Inaccurate diagnosis, malnutrition and poor hygiene can have disastrous effects on children’s health. With an approach known as the “integrated management of childhood illnesses” health workers can better diagnose children’s illnesses and treat them adequately. We train healthcare workers, and build awareness among child caregivers on preventive measures.

Strengthening local health systems

Future generations of children will live healthier lives as countries keep improving the quality of care by extending access to affordable, universal h healthcare. We work closely with governments and local authorities to facilitate this change. Our “M-Health” program (m = mobile) strengthens primary health centers in remote areas. Introducing this type of technology improves diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of children. It will allow the registration and exchange of vital information.

Responding fast in humanitarian crises

Terre des hommes has a dedicated team of specialists who are deployed to crisis zones after natural disasters or during armed conflicts. The team includes experts in children’s health.
 

As a mother, I am constantly wondering: where will this child be in five years' time? As a doctor, I am more concerned about the social consequences. It is this combination of emotions and pragmatism that makes Tdh capable of making a difference.

Charulata Banerjee, Regional advisor to Tdh on health programmes in Asia

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