An “acronym soup” that empowers moms and saves lives?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 8, 2019 9:47:38 AM / by Lori Chuchu-Ryan posted in Uganda, Zambia, Health, Women and Girls, WV, International Day

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CHWs, ttC, 7-11, PDH. These aren’t just your ordinary acronyms. They stand for the very simple, very powerful approaches World Vision is using to strengthen health care systems and save the lives of moms and their babies. In honor of World Health Day, we invite you to learn what they are and how have they delivered double-digit improvements in just two years.

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Grandfather lives his dream

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 29, 2018 10:25:00 AM / by Uganda Donor Liaison Team posted in Uganda, Health, Impact Stories, WV

Grandfather Still Helping Others
Wilson is conducting one of his training sessions with Grace during her 5th pregnancy. 

At the age of 67, Wilson Masiga might consider slowing down and enjoying his seven children and forty grandchildren. Instead, Wilson still rides about 10km every day on a bicycle, traversing villages in Busia District, eastern Uganda, carrying the message of good health.  

Wilson is one of the Community Health Workers (CHW) in this area. He has served in this role since 2011, after he and others were selected by the local leadership and community members. They were trained by the district health inspector, followed by additional training by World Vision in 2012. “We were trained in malaria control, nutrition and child protection, among others. World Vision has continued to give us refresher training along the way, reminding us that we are the first ‘health centers’ to help our communities,” says Wilson. 

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Ending preventable suffering and death for moms and their babies

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 3, 2018 11:41:24 PM / by Kathryn Reid posted in Uganda, Zambia, Health, Somalia, International Day

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Nearly half of all child deaths under the age of five occur within the first month of their lives*, despite marked improvement over the past 30 years. That’s about 2.6 million babies a year. More than 7,100 a day.

World Vision is committed to decreasing preventable neonatal and maternal mortality, and our mother and child health initiative is already making real and sustainable impact in Somalia, Uganda, and Zambia. The approach is working for three main reasons: it’s targeted, it’s grass-roots, and it’s integrated. In a nutshell, we focus on educating women, delivering basic health and nutrition information through trusted local health workers, enabling access to essential health services, and improving health facilities.

On World Health Day, we celebrate the progress being made and the donors and partners who make it possible for the work to continue.

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Orphaned infant a "gift from God"

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 30, 2016 3:13:23 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Uganda, Health, Impact Stories, WV

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Little Isaac came into this world with the odds stacked against him. 

His mother died the day after he was born. He was so small people were afraid to touch him, let alone take him in as one of their own. Most of the people in his Ugandan village thought he would almost certainly die.

Thankfully, Josephine was not afraid. This 47-year-old mother was touched by the tiny, fragile infant and decided to bring him into her home. Her children wanted him too, especially her sons David and Samuel.

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