Keeping mom & child healthy in times of crisis and beyond.
Natural disasters, poverty, conflict and social unrest threaten the most vulnerable in a community with mothers and children often the first to face the consequences. That gives a special urgency to restoring and supporting the services that keep mother and child healthy even in extreme circumstances:
Power, supplies, staff support, water, local community involvement, and equal health care access are all important to a mother’s health. Continue on to read more about four places where #Health4Mom has taken a big step forward.
In Colombia, during the current Venezuelan humanitarian crisis, thousands of expectant mothers are travelling miles and crossing borders to seek basic health care at our clinics. With the collapse of much of the health system in Venezuela, pregnant women are finding access in the Americares clinics to proper nutritional support, screening for possible complications and referrals for specific health issues, providing a path to a healthy delivery. Many of the clinic visits involving pregnant women seeking prenatal care have underlying health conditions making them more susceptible to high-risk pregnancies. Some women arrive with potential pregnancy complications that can be treated at our clinics or are then referred to other healthcare providers.
In Indonesia, following the recent earthquake our team provided medicines and medical supplies and support to emergency clinics—including a reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health emergency clinic—being managed by the Ministry of Health and the United Nations Population Fund. When a disaster of this magnitude strikes, many basic services are lost at a vulnerable time for mothers. Restoring those services is crucial. Trauma from the disaster threatens moms, children and their health care providers.
To protect expectant mothers, Americares is providing emergency obstetric kits for mothers who are being forced by the conflict in the Ukraine to give birth outside of traditional health care settings.
In Ukraine hospitals and in hundreds of other health centers around the world we are committed to providing mothers with the health care she and her child need. Read more about our work with new mothers and mothers to be during wartime.
In Tanzania, Americares Community Partnerships for Respectful Care project will build trust in health facilities, so women access more health services, including pre- and post-natal care and reproductive care. In fiscal year 2021, Americares managed 20 health projects that targeted women’s health in 14 countries. Read more about our work for maternal and child health in country.
For years, the health of mother and child has been a focus of our work around the world and here at home.