Rotary eClub One

President's Message April 2016

April: Maternal & Child Health Month


Every day mothers risk their lives giving birth and millions of children die each year from treatable, preventable causes.

 

Maternal and Child Health Care, is one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus. This means that there are Global Grants available for Clubs to do projects in this area, and so help alleviate the suffering of mothers and their children.

 

CHILD HEALTH CARE

“9 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation.”

What Projects Can My Club Do?

 

Immunizations and Antibiotics

  1. Run information sessions for pregnant mothers on the importance of immunizations.
  2. Fund information leaflets for mothers on immunizations and antibiotics.
  3. Provide immunizations and antibiotics for children under 5 years old.
  4. Fund transportation costs for mothers to get to clinics and health centers to obtain immunizations for their babies.
  5. Develop and fund a center specializing in providing immunizations and antibiotics for mothers and children.

Nutrition

  1. Establish and maintain information sessions encouraging mothers to breastfeed their babies.
  2. Establish and maintain public awareness programs on what constitutes good nutrition, and the importance of good nutrition for mothers and their children.
  3. Identify communities with prevalence of underweight children; provide food baskets for mothers and their children, establish and maintain information and support programs.
  4. Fund the production of information sheets promoting different diets, as well as techniques to prepare and preserve food.
  5. Promote the inclusion of public nutrition training in community midwife and nursing education curricula.

Mother to Infant HIV Transmission

  1. Establish and maintain information sessions, workshops, and meetings on how to prevent mother to infant HIV transmission.
  2. Establish and fund a public awareness and information campaign about how to prevent mother to infant HIV transmission.
  3. Establish and fund a programed to give women access to free or low-cost prenatal care and voluntary HIV testing and counseling.
  4. Establish and fund the provision of antiretroviral drugs for mothers, and on-going support and counseling.
  5. Fund a sustainable Maternal and Child Health HIV response program to strengthen health and community systems, to tackle the social determinants of health that drive the epidemic and hinder the response.

 

ANTENATAL CARE & CHILDBIRTH

“80% of maternal deaths could be prevented with access to reproductive health services and trained health care workers”.

What Projects Can My Club Do?

 

Maternal Deaths

  1. Fund the provision of birthing kits to health care professionals.
  2. Fund accredited training programs for all grades of health care professionals.
  3. Establishing and/or fund a health center that provides ante and post-natal care, treatment, education and support.
  4. Establish and fund a public awareness campaign about available reproductive health services.
  5. Establish and fund information leaflets, meeting and or workshops promoting safe motherhood.

Family Planning

“53 million unintended pregnancies could be prevented through family planning.”

  1. Fund culturally and religion aware Family Planning information sheets and resources.
  2. Establish and fund family planning workshops or training sessions for family planning health care workers.
  3. Establish and fund youth health clinics that provide family planning services, education, information, support, and advocacy for teenagers.
  4. Establish and fund public awareness campaign on local issues related to family planning.
  5. Establish and fund a high school based sex-education program. 

Vernella Fuller - June, 2013