7 new maternal and child healthcare programmes

In 2015, the Foundation will sponsor 7 new maternal and child healthcare projects in partnership with NGOs. The programmes are intended to improve healthcare conditions for mothers and their children.

In Africa, our healthcare priority is providing pre- and post-natal care for impoverished women and paediatric care for children from birth to age 5. We are particularly committed to 7 priority countries where malnutrition is common and healthcare centres are often ill-equipped or simply non-existent. Providing care for mothers and children is key to reducing the risk of complications and maternal and child mortality.

  • In Cameroon, the Order of Malta France is providing the Njombé district hospital with new imaging equipment, with a focus on prenatal diagnostics to reduce the high maternal mortality rate.
  • In Guinea-Conakry, increasing early HIV diagnosis of newborns will help improve their care, with support from UNICEF.
  • In Madagascar, the Iakora district will be provided with a permanent obstetrical ultrasound service. The NGO FIFAHO_B will also help more women with complicated labours and deliveries give birth in the major regional hospital.
  • In Mali, Mercy Corps Scotland will create an operational neonatology ward in Bamako’s Point G Hospital, to provide care for newborns in poor health immediately after birth.
  • In Niger, support will be provided to fight malnutrition in pregnant women and children under age 5 in 15 villages in Madari.
  • In the CAR, Doctors Without Borders will take over 5 healthcare centres in and around Bangui.
  • In the DRC, maternal and child healthcare will be improved in 3 healthcare spaces at Camp Luka in Kinshasa, with the help of the NGO Magna.

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