About The African Child & Mother
The African Child and Mother is a registered non-profit organization committed to helping needy mothers and their children in areas of health, women empowerment, water, nutrition and sanitation. Our projects are made possible by generous donations from individuals, organisations and partners.
Our mission is to support needy mothers and their children
In line with the UN Millennium Development Goals, we strive to attain goals 4 and 5 which best describes our core values. i.e. Reduce child mortality and Improve maternal health
We ensure this by:
Addressing maternal and child health related issues
Nutritional support, water and sanitation programs –
educating mothers on safer and hygienic ways of feeding babies and general sanitation projects.
Providing economic opportunities for women; empowerment –
women setting up their own businesses, learning a trade, job placements, so they can in turn support their homes.
Giving needy women accesses to our “Child and Mother medical fund” to enable them pay for care.
Child and Mother strive for the rights of every child by making sure that mothers are the tools for this drive and change.
We envision an Africa where every pregnancy and childbirth is safe. An Africa where women are empowered to be better mothers for their children, communities and the world at large.
What We Do
The African child and mother support needy mothers so that they can become self-sustaining. We place special emphasis on empowering women in order to create social change because we realise that when women are empowered, they support their families and then the communities in which they live.
Children are at the heart of Child & Mother’s mission and we aim to reach the child through the
mother who nurtures him/her. We ensure this through our programs and projects.
Pregnancy and childbirth should be special moments for every childbearing woman and the happiest in their lives
This is not always so in some parts of the world, predominantly the developing world. Rather than the joyful experience through these stages, most women dread the whole process and even forget to enjoy the simple pleasures of carrying life in her.
During pregnancy or childbirth, a woman dies every 90 seconds, most of which are preventable. One in every five women in Africa loses a baby in her lifetime whereas in richer countries, the same can be said for 1 in 125.
"We believe that women when equipped with the proper resources have the power to help their entire families and communities to escape poverty.
We work alongside poor and needy women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help their families and entire communities escape poverty."
Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
Everyday, about 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth
Most of the deaths that occur during pregnancy and childbirth are often preventable. Equipped with the necessary interventions, mothers can be saved and their newborns too. It is estimated that 3.1 million newborn babies die every year from causes that are mainly preventable and typically linked to the mother's health. The four main causes of death are severe bleeding, infections, unsafe abortion, and hypertensive disorders (pre-eclampsia and eclampsia). Bleeding after delivery can be very fatal even in a healthy woman, if unattended within two hours. Most maternal deaths can be prevented through skilled care at childbirth and access to emergency obstetric care.
In sub-Saharan Africa, where maternal mortality ratios are the highest, less than 50% of women are attended by a trained midwife, nurse or doctor during childbirth. Skilled care at birth is essential for the well-being of both child and mother.
In line with the Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG 5) to improve maternal health, targets have been set to reducing maternal mortality by 75% and achieving universal access to reproductive health by 2015. however, progress in reducing mortality in developing countries and providing family planning services has been too slow to meet this targets.
The African Child and Mother recognises the need to achieve these goals thereby are working together with local communities and health centres to support mothers during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Nutrition, Water & Sanitation
Proper nutrition, access to potable water and improved sanitation will trigger a massive reduction in infant mortality and increase maternal health.
For optimal health and survival of newborn children, proper nutrition is vital and helps give every child the best start in life. Breastfeeding has been proven to be the best source of nourishment for infants and young children. It is often recommended that every child be breastfed the first few hours of birth and continued for at least six months before weaning the child to solid foods and if possible, continued till the age of two years. During this stage, the environment contributes greatly to the overrall health of the child and the mother.
Access to clean water and proper sanitation improves lives and ensures survival of children. It is therefore inevitable that these three important aspects be tackled to ensure the wellbeing of the child and mother. The world health organization indicates that for every dollar invested in clean drinking water there is a $5 - $50 return on investment. This means that when people are healthy, they can go to school, work and raise healthy families.
Malnutrition is often associated to about one third of deaths among chidren under five. In addressing this issue, the African Child and Mother Organisation educates mothers on proper ways of feeding and keeping their surroundings clean at all times.
Data from the Ghana Health Services shows that forty percent of all deaths that occur before the age of five in Ghana is due directly and indirectly to undernutrition, making it the single most important cause of child mortality. The prevalence of stunted growth varies widely by residential and socio-economic factors. This is predominantly higher among children from rural areas, from poorer households and whose mothers were less educated. The deadly illness; diarrhoea can also be prevented when these threfactors are improved.
Education & Women Empowerment
"The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all." Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, leader of Burma's democracy movement.
Women account for two thirds of the 1.4 billion people currently living in extreme poverty and they makle up 64 percent of the 774 million illiterate adults in the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, formal income generating opportunities for women are very limited as 80 percent of all jobs for women are often in the informal sector.