In the last few decades, there have been many improvements in maternal and child health, but mortality rates, particularly among newborns, remain unacceptably high.
60 to 80% of these deaths occur in low birth weight babies. For those who survive the results are not encouraging: 66% are at risk of irreversible damage to their development due to malnutrition and poverty.
An effective intervention that focuses on improving nutrition and health in the first 1000 days of a child’s life – a period that covers pregnancy and the first 2 years of life guarantees lifelong benefits and helps to break the cycle of poverty.
Women’s education and empowerment are key to changing the destiny of a life that is yet to be born.
Here’s how we’re saving a family’s story:
Where We Work
Marlène Sans Frontière currently collaborates in Dondo, a rural area close to Beira, where our local partner is supporting local mothers and babies by improving nutrition and health in the first 1000 days of a child’s life to break the cycle of poverty.
- Fátima João Luis, 25 years. Marilu, 6 months.