The first week of a child’s life should not also be their last. Our vision is to secure a child’s opportunity to live. In some of the world’s most under-resourced communities, we are focused on providing culturally relevant services including skilled prenatal, birthing and post-partum care and support to dramatically reduce maternal and infant mortality rates.
Pregnant moms in extreme poverty frequently lack prenatal care, a nurturing home environment, and access to necessary medical and social services. This puts the life of the mother at risk, and for the baby, the struggle to survive begins at birth.
Compassion Survival serves pregnant mothers, primary caregivers and their babies during the child’s first 12 months, when infants are most at risk for illness and death. Our program trains and equips Survival Specialists from local, partnering churches to visit babies and moms in their homes and provide much-needed prenatal and medical care along with access to immunizations, food and safe water to meet critical physical needs.
This final corner shares stories of the women and babies involved. An example of this is the story of Atsoupui Agbeve from Togo Africa. “During this pregnancy, I suffered so much that I lost hope. Pregnant women die with their children in our village here. I’m still alive with my child-it is thanks to Compassion,” said Atsoupui.
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 UNICEF, Levels and Trends in Child Morality Report, 2017
2 World Health Organization (WHO), Maternal Morality, 2018
3 WHO/UNICEF Joint Statement, Home visits for the newborn child: A strategy to improve survival, 2009
4 World Health Organization (WHO), Children Reducing Morality, 2017