MNCH (Maternal, Newborn and Child Health) is one of the most common acronyms used in discussions on global health. In Canada, we have access to health care and nutrition that ensure that MNCH deficiencies are the exception rather than the norm. In other parts of the world however, MNCH is of major concern as maternal and child mortality rates are unacceptably high.
In remote villages, special emphasis is given to the most vulnerable; women, expectant mothers, new mothers and children are at the greatest risk. In many areas of our world, just getting pregnant can be a potential death sentence. Every year six million children of our world die needlessly from preventable diseases. ADRA alongside our partner the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health is working to making maternal health matter.
ADRA is helping women and children in a variety of ways. By implementing water systems, toilets, and educating families on sanitation practices, it is dramatically cutting down on the spread of disease in homes. Providing women with access to essential services for health care including sexual and reproductive care can make all the difference to those in remote regions. Without access to these services, it puts a woman and her child at health risks, premature birth, stillbirths or even maternal mortality.
ADRA is helping improve a woman’s chances by training Traditional Birth Attendants and Midwives with better, more hygienic procedures. Places like birthing clinics provide a safe, clean place to welcome a baby into the world. ADRA is also training mothers to feed nutritious food to their babies to prevent stunting and malnutrition. By doing so, ADRA is helping every child and their mothers not only survive but thrive! Empowering women with skills and access to proper health facilities is a part of what ADRA does to taking steps towards a healthier future.