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Brighter days for Kita’s moms and babies

In Kita, half of all births occur in homes without a skilled healthcare worker present, but you’re helping reduce this number and save more moms and babies.

Portrait of Modibo

Modibo shows that men play an important role in advocating for women’s health.


“On learning this project will help us solve health problems of women and children I decided to give it my all,” says Modibo, Chairman of the Committee of Health in Kita. “This project is well received here. Before, women were not always going to the health centre for prenatal consultations.”

Thanks to your sponsorship, informative talks were organized involving more than 50 community members, educating them on important issues like:

  • Vaccination and infection prevention
  • Danger signs in newborns and the causes of infant or maternal mortality
  • Prenatal consultation
  • Evacuation procedures during health emergencies
  • Breastfeeding.

Radio spots were also organized with ongoing broadcasting across 6 communities, including Kita, alerting people of health risks and detecting early warning signs in infants.

Additionally, 12 community health workers were formally trained in maternal, newborn and child health.

A community information session takes place amongst several women, nurses and male volunteers.

Community members and volunteers gather to discuss maternal and child health.

They’ve gone on to work as community point people who organize and lead meetings, circulate lifesaving messages and promote medical checkups at local clinics – like the maternal health centre, which you recently helped build!

Already, the benefits are adding up.


2 women sit and smile, while a happy mother breastfeeds her baby.

Awareness
= more assisted births


“Through awareness conducted by community health workers, the majority of women have understood the importance of pre- or post-natal consultations that they access today in the health centre. This leads more women to go there for deliveries,” explains Modibo.

“Pregnant women pay more and more attention to their health as well as that of their children, and it is becoming very rare to see births not assisted here in our community.”


A community health worker sits and discusses a health brochure with a local mother.

A community health worker shares vital information.

A mother gazes lovingly at her baby on her lap.

Improved facilities
= closer, quicker, safer care

In addition to the awareness sessions, the new maternity clinic is encouraging more women to take advantage of the improved resources and services available.

 


To date, more than 65 deliveries and 600 consultations have taken place at the maternity ward!

 

“Today, pregnant women have access to good quality water at the maternity ward,” says local mother, Fanta, citing one added perk drawing in patients.

“The maternity is equipped and electrified to support women and children both day and night,” says Bintou, mother of 4, noting another.


Women in Plan International-branded shirts sit and smile among their children.

“It has reduced the distance and risks that occur during the transport of the women to other centres,” she explains. “And fewer pregnant women move away for care.”

Local care = added family savings

“To be able to work, one must be in good health, and this project has given us the means to preserve our health,” says one local woman, pleased to dedicate more time to livelihood efforts and funds to support her family.

“The maternity has helped reduce expenditures because we don’t have to pay for transport elsewhere in addition to drugs for treatment,” explains Karim, a committed father of 4 young girls.


Karim smiles brightly, along with his wife and 4 daughters.

Karim and his healthy family

Though he also recognizes the new clinic’s value is so much more than monetary: “We now feel we have ownership … We have a responsibility to keep the maternity in good condition and improve the health of women and children. We must support the Health Committee,” he vows. “It is now up to us.”

Your sponsorship = better days for all of Kita

“Without the health and education of women and children, there is no development,” concludes Fanta.

Modibo agrees: “We all know that the future of a community is based on children,” he says. “Now, this project acts on protecting their health.”


3 women sit and smile, looking at the camera or their babies on their laps.

"We have a proverb that says: mother hen brings only good things for its chicks,” shares Drissa, one of the many community members grateful to be benefitting from your support. “Community Sponsorship is seen here as a mother hen, everything it brings us is of good quality for our children.”

Find out how you’re also helping Fanta win the fight against child marriage.