Last year, 2 million babies worldwide died within the first 24 hours of life, often because a mom gave birth alone. As a Child Survival Advocate your gifts help mothers in communities where we work in Africa, Latin America and Asia obtain prenatal care and give birth with trained birth attendants at their sides. The program also provides education and critical relational support through a loving local church.
The Child Survival Program Provides Education and Support
- Prenatal Care. The Child Survival Program provides help to expectant mothers through nutritious food supplements and assistance in obtaining prenatal medical care. Expectant moms are also educated about such vital topics as: fetal development, the childbirth process and infant care.
- Growth Monitoring. Steady growth is a good sign of adequate nutrition and healthy development. Monitoring growth means issues can be identified and addressed early.
- Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT). Restores fluids lost to diarrhea.
- Breast-feeding. Promotes infant growth, facilitates bonding with the mother and other social development, and reduces incidence of illness.
- Immunization. An effective way to reduce or eliminate many diseases that cause childhood death and disability.
- Female Literacy. The mother's level of education is directly tied to child survival.
- Food. Food or supplements fight off malnourishment.
- Family Planning. Greater spacing between births allows the mother's body to be better prepared for the rigors of pregnancy and to provide greater attention to each child's needs.
What's more, recent research in child development is clear: The first five years are a crucial period in the development of a child and this development directly affects the quality of adult life. Brain development is almost wholly completed by age 2 and malnutrition rates peak at around 24 months of age. This implies the need for early interventions concerning:
- Fine/gross motor development
- Cognitive stimulation
- Socialization programs
- Exposure to Christian teaching and gospel
This research suggests that it is crucial for Compassion to affect the lives of younger children during this crucial two-year window of development. Our Child Survival Program works &em; and pays big dividends as a child grows older.
Child Survival Advocates Make a Difference. Here Is How:
When you support the Child Survival Program, you become a Child Survival Advocate whose donations help Compassion's local partners reduce infant and child mortality and encourage hope by:
- Preventing illness. Regular prenatal and postnatal checkups contribute greatly to healthy births. Regular doctor visits and immunizations help keep infants healthy, happy and growing.
- Giving children a healthy start. Nutritious food and supplements help children grow and stay strong.
- Providing parental training. Teaching mothers and caregivers how to properly stimulate their children mentally and physically improves the child's socio-emotional skills and cognitive development.
- Empowering mothers and caregivers. Infant development and safety, nutrition, literacy and job-skills are just a few of the topics the Child Survival Program training includes.
- Offering spiritual nurturing. Mothers establish relationships with Christian Survival Specialists through regular home visits. They also build relationships and a community of faith with other women through local group meetings.
- Ministering to the whole family. When possible, fathers and other family members in the home are included in training to help build a stable, secure environment for the child.