Maternal Newborn and Child Health
Photo: A. Ramoa
Every day, 19,000 children die from preventable and treatable ailments, such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malnutrition, and malaria. A quarter of a million women will die this year during pregnancy and childbirth because they lack access to proper health facilities or health workers or because women do not have a say in their own reproductive health.
The overarching goal of the Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) program is to improve access to quality MNCH services through an integrated, grassroots approach that addresses the root causes of ill health for mothers and children.
The MNCH program works toward achieving its goal through the following strategies:
• Improving the quality of MNCH services in rural communities through the improvement of technical and managerial capacity and upgrading facilities for the provision of basic and comprehensive care.
• Increasing the demand for MNCH services through targeted, socially acceptable communication strategies at the community level.
The MNCH program provides grants to faith-based partners in selected low- and middle-income countries. Funding priorities for grants include projects that help increase access to prenatal, obstetric, postnatal, and child health services.
The MNCH program is providing technical support and funding to projects in the following countries: Guatemala, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Liberia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Nigeria. Learn more.
The Abundant Health Initiative:
The MNCH program is responsible for the implementation of the United Methodist Church’s Abundant Heath Initiative. The initiative’s goal is to reach 1 million children with lifesaving interventions by 2020
Life-Saving Prenatal Care
Lucia has five children. She delivered the first four at home assisted by traditional midwives. After 12 years, she conceived again and was invited by a volunteer to attend the Cambine prenatal clinic, although her husband was reluctant to let her go. By her eighth month, she had complications, called the volunteer, and got to the hospital in time. “This program helped me a lot … if I had stayed at home maybe I would have lost my son, or I would have died.” (UMC Health Office, Mozambique)