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Mother and child health

Healthy mothers are much more likely to have healthy children. We provide healthcare and advice to mothers during pregnancy and childbirth. Our children’s health programmes focus on the all-important first three years of a child’s life.

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 emergency obstetric care. The presence of skilled health workers means a lower risk of asphyxia at childbirth. Once they are aware of the advantages for themselves and their children, mothers are more likely to choose to have their children later and further apart.

Preventing and treating childhood illnesses

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 detect nutritional needs and illnesses early. We train doctors and nurses, and make mothers aware of the advantages of preventive medicine. As a result, the effects of diseases like malaria (which is particularly dangerous to children) can be significantly reduced.

Strengthening local health systems

Future generations of children will live healthier lives as developing countries extend access to affordable, universal healthcare. We work closely with governments and local authorities to facilitate this change. Our “M-Health” programmes (m = mobile) bring tablet-based diagnostics to small clinics in remote areas. Introducing this type of technology will improve the registration and exchange of vital information, as well as help clinics to use medical supplies more efficiently.

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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