Mother & Child Health Programme

Objectives

  • Safeguarding the health of mothers from prenatal to postnatal point and beyond
  • Safeguarding the health of new born from conception to birth and beyond
  • Reducing mortality and morbidity rates
  • Improving health in rural and marginalized communities

World Health Organization statistics on maternal health reveal that a woman dies from complications in childbirth every minute and the vast majority of these cases happen in developing countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, particularly southern Africa, the number of maternal related deaths is too alarming especially in rural communities where at least 1 in 16 women have a possibility of dying in pregnancy or childbirth, with child mortality even in more alarming rates. Every year, babies die in excess of 5000 before or during delivery or in the first week of life. That is only in Southern Africa. Further, many children are tragically left motherless each year. These children are 10 times more likely to die within two years of their mothers’ death.

The major causes of these deaths are diseases and infections including HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Cancer, TB, Diarrhoea, Pneumonia and hypertensive disorders, and also labour complications as well as abortions and malnutrition in children . Most of these deaths are avoidable but are being propelled by poor or inadequate health care facilities. In the rural communities of Southern Africa, health care facilities are not only of low standard but also their Segmentation and fragmentation exacerbates difficulties in access to comprehensive, quality services supposed to be accessed by community members like other citizens, yet transport facilities are also a big problem on the other hand.

The Emporio legacies Foundation Mother & Child Health Programme is aimed at contributing towards reduction of the alarming maternal and child mortality in Southern Africa. We work selflessly and strategically to improve maternal health by improving the standards of health Care facilities, increasing accessibility of health care as well as raising awareness on maternal health and improving home-based care systems. We wish to achieve this through provision of relevant services including raising awareness and support for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) activities, advocacy, providing communities, women and their families with information on good pregnancy care, birth spacing, timing and limiting for nutrition and health, and on improving the nutritional status of pregnant women to nurture healthy pregnancies.

We also provide anti-malarial therapy and insecticide-treated bed nets, promote good pre & post-natal care systems, voluntary and confidential counselling and testing for HIV/AIDS, Home-based care as well as referrals and placements to health institutions. We promote and strengthen, individual, family and community involvement in maternal and new born health matters, ensure conducive environments for child birth and child care, liaise with health institutions, families and interested parties, management of childhood illnesses, health administration as well as Education, training and workshops on maternal, sexual and reproductive health.