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Saving lives of women and children in Nepal and Vietnam

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Saving lives of women and children in Nepal and Vietnam


A mother and son in Son La Province, Vietnam.

We are now working with partners in Nepal and Vietnam to provide life-saving health care to women and children.

Following the success of the Pakur Mother and Child Survival Project in India, where we helped more than 60,000 women and children, we are working in remote and rural areas of Nepal and Vietnam to reduce maternal and child illness and death, and improve nutrition for moms and babies from pregnancy to age two. This is the most crucial stage for child survival and development.

Our project, Saving lives of mothers and children in Nepal and Vietnam, is targeting the most vulnerable people living in the most isolated and hard-to-reach areas.

In the mid-west region of Nepal, 1 in 17 families will suffer the loss of a child within its first year of life. Similarly, in ethnic minority communities in northern Vietnam, as many as 1 in 33 infants will not live to see their first birthday. The vast majority of these deaths could be prevented if all women and children received quality health care.

We are working with local organizations to identify locally and culturally appropriate solutions that will result in lasting change, and ensure that improvements in maternal and child survival will carry into the future. The project is focusing on strengthening skills and capacities of health care providers through mentoring, supplies, and the use of technology for improved training and health counselling. We will also promote care-seeking behaviour and reduce gender-related barriers.

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