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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The Joy in Child Spacing

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 29, 2019 2:45:00 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Child Protection, Zambia, Health, Impact Stories, WV

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Previous Mukombwe, 40, is a blissful and high-spirited mother of eight beautiful children, four boys and four girls. She is married to Airman, 46, who is a peasant farmer. Growing up in a poor, remote village, Previous was forced to drop out of school and be married at the age of 17. “I didn’t want to get married but had no choice,” she says.

Despite being married to a very caring man, things didn’t go as planned in the first years of their marriage. “I tried so hard to get pregnant but failed.

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Mukkuli is a Shining Example

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 13, 2019 12:07:00 PM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in Zambia, Education, Impact Stories, WV

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“It is unbelievable that my dream of becoming a teacher has finally come true,” says Mukkuli Zimana, 24. Mukkuli believes that without the financial help she received from World Vision through the Every Last One (ELO) Education program, she would not have completed her education. “World Vision made it possible.”

Mukkuli is now a teacher trainee at the same primary school she attended as a child. Her success is not just a personal accomplishment, but an achievement that is inspiring the whole community. 

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Water Restores Hope

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 20, 2019 12:08:00 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Zambia, Water, Impact Stories, WV

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The production of crops has been the mainstay for the people of Shunganu village, a small remote sandy area in Western Zambia. While many people grow cash crops as the main source of livelihood, Harriet Sikumbi, a 40-year-old widowed mother of five, has focused her energies on gardening.

Harriet is a passionate woman with a great zeal for gardening that dates back to her childhood. “I have always loved gardening. Since childhood, that is where my heart is,” she says.

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A Light of Hope: The Loveness Story

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 6, 2018 6:00:36 PM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in Zambia, Education, Impact Stories, WV

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At only 17, Loveness has had her share of suffering. Having lost her father when she was only five, her mother has struggled to make ends meet, especially after her health began to decline. She can hardly provide food for Loveness and her two siblings, let alone pay school fees. Instead of celebrating Loveness’ graduation from primary to secondary school, she despaired because she did not know how she would pay the higher tuition. Fortunately, Loveness was accepted at City of Joy, a facility run by World Vision’s partner for the Zambia Education-Every Last One (ZEELO) project. Loveness is one of 22 girls who received a scholarship from World Vision through ZEELO. The scholarship provides funding for tuition, food, shelter and other necessities.

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Trained mom helps others avoid danger

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 5, 2018 4:34:51 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Zambia, Health, Impact Stories, WV

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Martha became a member of her local Safe Motherhood Action Group after giving birth to eight children without any of the knowledge she now shares with her pregnant neighbors. Her lack of knowledge nearly cost Martha her life during one of her deliveries.

At 34, Martha Nvula has had eight children, the youngest just shy of a year old. She and her husband live nearly 22 miles from a facility that handles baby deliveries, which meant she took great risks each time she got pregnant.

Martha didn’t understand the importance of prenatal care and planning for deliveries, and three times she gave birth along the route to the health facility—once nearly losing her life because of complications.

Martha jumped at the opportunity to join a Safe Motherhood Action Group in her village. She learned about timed and targeted counseling (ttC), which is the developing world’s version of the iconic pregnancy book, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting."

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A call to serve

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 19, 2018 4:16:42 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Zambia, Health, Impact Stories, WV

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After spending close to three hours on a bumpy, wet road, we finally arrived at our destination. It was a rural village with a cluster of 1-room structures made of mud and wood with thatched roofs. The village is in World Vision’s Nkeyema Area Program in west Zambia. Soon after getting out of the muddy 4-wheel van, we were greeted by a spirited young woman named Mary Mulimbika. She passionately shook our hands and welcomed us with a beaming smile.

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A borehole helps reduce calamities

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 19, 2018 4:13:59 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Zambia, Water, Impact Stories, WV

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“I lost my pregnancy because my village had no proper water source,” says Kanyanga Muyenga, a 25-year-old woman from Western Zambia. Kanyanga is a young, single mother of two adorable children, a 10-year-old girl named Nyambe and a 17-month-old boy named Masheke. She lives in a small remote village called Chimopu, located on sandy terrain north of World Vision’s Luampa Area Program (AP). Kanyanga has lived in her village her entire life. To make ends meet, she grows cash crops like cassava and corn.

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Better Father. Better Partner. Better Life.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2018 10:01:56 AM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in Economic Empowerment, Zambia, Impact Stories, THRIVE, WV, International Day

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Estella and Augustine Nsabika’s story is one of family and faith, a strong demonstration of how World Vision is helping vulnerable households in Zambia climb the rungs of the economic ladder and increase their economic stability. This strong framework is the basis of THRIVE (Transforming Household Resilience in Vulnerable Environments) - growing families through education and faith.

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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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