We are excited to announce a renewed partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities to support the launch of a program called Thrive thru 5. Over the next 3 years, Thrive thru 5 will extend clinical services and community outreach efforts to children from conception up to age 5 in order to reduce under-5 mortality in the community by 50%. To do this, we must guarantee babies are born safely and protect growing children from the most common regional threats of mortality: malaria, HIV, diarrhea, pneumonia, measles, injury, and malnutrition.
The success of our maternal and child health programs is in large part attributed to prior support from Ronald McDonald House Charities. Through RMHC’s Safe Babies program launched in 2012, early infant death in the Lwala area has been cut in half (from 60:1000 to 31:1000). The most notable driver in our success is the rate of facility-based delivery, which increased from 26% of pregnant women in 2010 to 96% in 2013. RMHC helped expand the facility and train and deploy community health workers (CHWs) to recruit pregnant women into prenatal care, facility-based delivery, newborn care, and infant immunizations. However, extending care past infancy is essential in sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for half of the world’s under-5 mortality.
RMHC’s support of Thrive thru 5 will extend the current outreach conducted to pregnant women and neonates to now reach all children up to age 5. Specifically, Thrive thru 5 will ensure that 98% of pregnant women access prenatal care and deliver in a health facility, 100% of newborns receive care after delivery, 90% of children under 12 months are fully immunized, 7,000 children under 5 have access to affordable primary care, and local health workers are leading the effort.
We are so grateful for RMHC’s commitment to providing access to health care to children across the globe. To read more about RMHC’s partnership with Lwala and the other global grantees for the year, click here.
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