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

Written by Lori Chuchu-Ryan on Apr 8, 2019 9:47:38 AM


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.

CHW: Community Health Worker

CHWOne of the most effective parts of our approach is the way we deliver information and care.  World Vision trains, equips, and supports local people to be front-line caregivers in their own communities.  They know their neighbors.  They’re trusted.  And they are passionate.  This not only increases sustainability, but also enables us to reach even the most remote, vulnerable, and marginalized families.

Today, World Vision has recruited, trained, equipped, and deployed more than 220,000 community health workers in 48 countries who are reaching millions of people.

ttC: Timed and Targeted Counseling

women-and-childrenWe focus on the first 1,000 days - from conception to the baby’s second birthday - because that’s when the risks are highest.  During this time, community health workers deliver important messages on maternal, newborn and child health to the woman and her family. The messages are carefully timed so that she is able to act on them, but not so early that they seem irrelevant or are forgotten.

The volunteer community health workers visit the woman’s home so that key decision makers in the family, such as male partners, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers, also receive the information. Additionally, the information itself is targeted and individualized, focusing on the circumstances of each specific family.

7-11: A checklist of 7 important things for mom and 11 important things for baby.

Community health workers are like a walking, talking “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” book.  When they meet with moms and dads, they empower them with this vital information on how to best take care of themselves and their babies and thus significantly increase their chances of survival.

communityPDH: Positive Deviance Hearth

PD/Hearth is a community-based rehabilitation and behavior change intervention for families with underweight preschool children. Behaviors practiced by the moms in the community with well-nourished children are shared with others in the community who have malnourished children. The 'Hearth' or home is the location for the nutrition education and rehabilitation sessions.

Double-digit improvements in just 2 years!

Exclusive breastfeeding up

mch_icon_1-1In Uganda, the rate of mothers who exclusively breastfed their infants increased from 67 percent before the program started to 85 percent after two years of receiving education and counseling on breastfeeding from CHWs supported by World Vision.

In World Vision's Zambia program, exclusive breastfeeding rates increased to 90 percent after two years, surpassing the national average of 73 percent.

Attended births up

mch_icon_2CHWs and World Vision staff in Uganda encourage pregnant women to give birth at health facilities with trained midwives and attendants rather than at home. After two years, the number of births attended by a skilled and trained health worker increased from 56 percent to about 85 percent.

Infant mortality rate down

mch_icon_3In Hoima district, Uganda, World Vision’s newborn and child health interventions have saved an estimated 445 lives of children under 5 between 2016 to 2018 and reduced the infant mortality rate by nearly 27 percent between 2016 and 2018.

Lives of women and children changed in just 2 years!

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and partners, World Vision’s Mother and Child Health programs in Zambia and Uganda have:

  • provided 749,018 women and children under 5 with healthcare and nutrition services
  • strengthened capacity by training 7,161 CHWs and volunteers and 723 nurses and midwives
  • contributed to 66,996 pregnant women attending at least four prenatal visits
  • contributed to 88,814 babies being delivered with the assistance of a skilled birth attendant
  • contributed to the full immunization of 128,517 children

You can make a huge difference when you help us continue this life-saving and empowering work for some of the most vulnerable women and children in the world.  Thank you for your consideration and your prayers.

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