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Maternal and child mortality rates in Malawi are among the highest worldwide
In Malawi over 80% of the population live in rural areas. Families sustain themselves with what they pull from the Earth; depending on their hands as well as kindness from the seasons and wealth of the soil. Under these conditions, the more fragile the individual life, the more precarious.
At the greatest risk are babies whose mothers have died after their births; babies whose mothers produce insufficient milk to satisfy multiple infants or no milk at all; and small fragile babies born too soon. Families do their best but too often limited resources, inadequate access to healthcare, and high risk of malaria and other infectious diseases leads to malnutrition then death.
As for mothers, survival beyond birth and postpartum is generally considered a success. We are just beginning to understand the impact of continued convalescence on a woman's long term well-being and on the survival of her children. Women who have experienced catastrophic birth experiences are discharged home when they are stable, not necessarily when they are well. There they face another long struggle to regain their health and to maintain the health of their children.
Individualized respectful home-based care improves health and survival.
Nurses enroll high risk babies (orphans, multiples, and low birth weight babies) in our program soon after birth. Once these little ones return home to their villages, Nurses begin regular visits. During each visit the nurse will assess the baby's health, the home environment, and the community. Nurses provide formula for orphans, porridge for toddlers, health education for parents & guardians, and mobilize communities to support their vulnerable members. Babies are followed up to two years.
Women are enrolled after catastrophic birth experiences (severe hemorrhage, uterine rupture - often with loss of her baby and her uterus, severe infections, seizures and uncontrolled blood pressures). Nurses visit these women in their homes up to six times. They assess their health, offer basic medication or supplements, enriched porridge, counseling, community mobilization, and assistance in starting a simple income generating project.
In an environment where there are numerous obstacles to accessing healthcare, bringing care into the homes and communities of the most vulnerable infants and women conveys significant benefits. It improves health and survival of high risk babies. And, via the personal relationships developed between nurses, families, and communities it builds trust, and opens the space for advocacy, health education, and emergency planning.
By donating here you give much needed nursing care to women and babies in Malawi
Your donation will help ensure that nurses are able to reach some of the most vulnerable women and babies in Malawi. You do this by fueling our vehicle, contributing towards nurse salaries, purchasing formula for orphaned infants, purchasing porridge for toddlers and convalescing women, and supporting simple income generating projects for women. We are currently following 204 babies and 20 women and every small bit helps.
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