Every mother and child has a right to health and an opportunity to flourish.

Together, we will deliver essential healthcare, nutrition support, and treatment to 2 million pregnant women, newborns, and children under 5.

People reached so far:
March 2021
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The need

Despite progress in the last 30 years, there is still a massive gap in basic health care in poor rural communities. That gap contributes to staggering statistics:

Every day, 14,000 children under the age of 5 still die from things they shouldn’t have to. Things like birth complications, pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria – all largely treatable and preventable. One child every 7 seconds.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 4 out of 10 children are stunted. Stunting is the impaired growth and development experienced by children with chronic poor nutrition or repeated infection in the first 1,000 days of life. Children don’t get a second chance at their first 1,000 days.

830 women die every day from preventable causes associated with pregnancy and childbirth. In our project areas, half the health clinics don’t have clean water, and 84% don't even have basic hand washing facilities.

The Need

Our response

Together, we can stop preventable death in its tracks. That’s why we focus on pregnant mothers and the first 1,000 days of their child’s life in three critical ways:

Prevention: We empower women with vital health knowledge and support so they and their children are less likely to be affected by malnutrition, disease, and sickness in the first place.

Treatment: We equip and train local community health workers to quickly diagnose and treat cases of malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea in homes to greatly increase survival rates.

Clinic upgrades: We fill gaps at rural clinics — access to clean water, equipment, supplies, medicine, and staff training — so workers have a better chance of successfully treating patients.

Our impact

With your partnership, we can continue our proven, cost-effective, and empowering methods that help save lives and dramatically improve the health of women and children. In 2016, World Vision launched Phase 1 of our Mother and Child Health Signature Initiative with projects in Somalia, Uganda, and Zambia. The projects are now complete, and we exceeded all targets and delivered double-digit impact on key indicators:


94% of the malnourished children we treated in our Somalia project areas made a full recovery


Infant mortality in our Uganda project areas was reduced by 27%


In our Zambia project areas, underweight children decreased from 26% to 10%


Exclusive breastfeeding rates in our Zambia project areas increased from 71% to 88%


Assisted births in our Uganda project areas improved from 56% to 89%

Our partners

We are blessed to partner with hundreds of Christian philanthropists and couldn’t do this work without them. And we’re able to reach more people because of our highly collaborative local and global partnerships within private and public sectors.

Laura Abernathy

“I visited several health clinic that were without electricity. And then I was able to go back three years later and see the difference – see a facility with clean water, electricity and solar power.”

Dr. Anne Klamar

"The things that most impressed us was the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of World Vision's health programs."

Our team of experts

Shelby Benson Shelby Benson
Vice President, PQI
Seth Marcus Seth Marcus
Senior Health Program Manager