What is it?
The Child Survival Program was launched in 2003 and is Compassion’s earliest intervention within the ministry’s holistic child development model to combat global infant and maternal mortality rates and promote early childhood development
The program identifies the most vulnerable babies and mothers in communities where Compassion works and is designed to reach children who otherwise may not survive to age 5.
On a global scale, significant progress has been made as more children now survive their fifth birthday than ever before, but there is still much work to be done.
- In 2014, 35,006 babies and their moms received lifesaving help through Compassion’s Child Survival Program.
- The global number of under-5 deaths has fallen from around 12 million in 1990 to an estimated 6.3 million in 2013. 1
- Every day, nearly 800 women and more than 8,000 newborns die from preventable complications during pregnancy and childbirth. 2 Almost 99 percent of maternal and 90 percent or neonatal mortalities occur in the developing world. 3
- Studies conducted in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan have shown that post-natal home visits — a key component of the Child Survival Program — can reduce deaths of newborns in high-mortality, developing country settings by 30-61 percent. 4
Babies and mothers (or caregivers) in this program receive home visits by church staff trained in child survival, who deliver essential physical, emotional and spiritual care before, during and after birth.
Educating mothers and caregivers about the basic tenets of healthy child development is a critical component to ensuring lasting, long-term results. Guidance and mentoring is provided on topics such as:
- Health and nutrition
- Fine/gross motor development
- Cognitive stimulation
- Spiritual development
As needed, mothers and babies are also provided with:
- Prenatal care
- Nutritious food and supplements
- Delivery care via a trained childbirth attendant
- Breastfeeding support
- Regular health checkups and growth monitoring
- Immunizations against deadly or disabling diseases
1 World Health Organization (WHO), Global Health Observatory Data: Under-five mortality, 2015
2 World Health Organization (WHO), Fact File: 10 facts on midwifery, 2014
3 World Health Organization (WHO), 10 Facts on Women’s Health, 2009
4 WHO/UNICEF Joint Statement, Home visits for the newborn child: A strategy to improve survival, 2009