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In numbers: Plan’s results in maternal, newborn and child health

Did you know that the risk of a woman dying during childbirth in her lifetime here in Canada is 1 in 5,200? In other parts of the world, the risk is much higher. For example, for women living in Africa, the risk is 1 in 40.

At the same time, millions of children are dying before they reach their 5th birthday, mainly due to preventable causes like pneumonia, measles and diarrhea.

That’s why we’re working in 2,753 remote communities across 7 countries – Ghana, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Mali, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Bolivia – to provide life-saving care to moms, babies and children.

Thanks to the generous support of 25,500 Canadian donors and the Canadian government, our work is saving the lives of thousands, and creating a brighter future for generations to come.

Our work for moms and children in numbers

Here’s an overview of some of the maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) work we’ve accomplished in each of these 7 countries in 2013:

Ghana:
A group of men from Ghana gather together for a photo in their community.

In Ghana, daddies’ clubs are formed to help men understand the importance of maternal, newborn and child health.

  • 7,227 total women used MNCH services.
  • 2,292 children accessed crucial vaccines.
  • 54 community health centres provided with MNCH equipment.
  • 480 community mobilizers trained in MNCH issues.
  • 182 daddies’ clubs formed.
  • Since September, 2013: 21% more women received care from a skilled birth attendant at least 4 times during their pregnancy; 46% more mothers received 2 doses of tetanus; and 25% more children vaccinated against measles.
Bangladesh:
A group of women from Bangladesh sit in a circle to talk about maternal health issues.

A community health worker conducts a prenatal information session for new mothers and expectant moms in Bangladesh.

  • 29,432 children accessed crucial vaccines.
  • 196 health facilities provided with medical equipment, materials and supplies.
  • 126 nurses trained on emergency obstetrical care and childhood illnesses.
  • Since September, 2013: 55% more women received care by a skilled birth attendant at least 4 times during pregnancy; 18% more live births attended by a skilled health provider; 18% more mothers and babies received postnatal visits within 72 hours of delivery; and 29.2% more children vaccinated against measles.
Tanzania:
The back of a new ambulance provided to a health facility in Tanzania.

4 new ambulances were provided to emergency obstetric and newborn care centres in Tanzania

  • 142,759 women used MNCH services.
  • 116,280 children accessed crucial vaccines.
  • Constructed 4 operating theatres.
  • 5,123 community health workers trained on MNCH issues.
  • 283 health professionals trained.
  • 4 ambulances provided to emergency obstetric and newborn care centres.
  • Since November, 2013: 8% more women received care from a skilled birth attendant at least 4 times during pregnancy; 41% more mothers received postnatal care within 72 hours of delivery; and 47% more infants were exclusively breastfed.
Mali:
A woman from Mali stands in the middle of a circle to explain the health materials she’s holding.

A community health volunteer from Mali conducts a training session for other community volunteers.

  • 49 community health centres provided with MNCH equipment.
  • 108 community health workers trained.
  • 6,892 community leaders educated on MNCH issues.
  • 74 community health workers recruited and trained to manage childhood illnesses.
  • Since November, 2013: 14% more mothers received care within 72 hours after delivery, and 32% more infants were exclusively breastfed.
Zimbabwe:
Three women wearing Plan t-shirts listen to a lesson conducted by a health worker in Zimbabwe.

Three women wearing Plan t-shirts listen to a lesson conducted by a health worker in Zimbabwe.

  • 6,750 women used MNCH services.
  • 15,056 children accessed crucial vaccines.
  • 9 new maternity waiting homes built and 4 others rehabilitated.
  • 1,484 village health workers trained in MNCH.
  • Since September, 2013: 10% more live births attended by a skilled health provider; 37% more mothers and babies received postnatal visits within 72 hours of delivery; 42% more children were vaccinated against measles; and 27% more children received oral rehydration therapy for diarrhea.
Ethiopia:
A health volunteer provides treatment to a young child in Ethiopia.

Over 54,000 health volunteers across Ethiopia received training on issues related to maternal, newborn and child health.

  • 264 female health extension workers trained on key MNCH issues.
  • 54,840 health volunteers received training on MNCH practices.
  • 146 health centre staff received training.
  • Since September, 2013: 29% more women received care from a skilled birth attendant; 22% more mothers received 2 doses of tetanus; 9% more live births attended by a skilled health provider; and 17% more mothers received postnatal care within 3 days of childbirth.
Bolivia:
A man from Bolivia feeds his young child nutritious food while it sits on his mother’s lap.

Clubs in Bolivia help fathers prepare for the arrival of their newborns so they can provide support to their partners.

  • 131 clubs formed for pregnant couples to promote male engagement. during pregnancy, childbirth and after the baby arrives.
  • 3,642 community health workers trained on MNCH and nutrition.
  • Since September, 2013: 5% more live births attended by a skilled health provider and 8% more children under the age of 5 were treated for pneumonia.
The beginning of something powerful

In 2013 alone, Plan’s work in these 7 countries has helped train more than 63,000 health works in maternal, newborn and child health. More than 256,000 women received essential health care before, during or after childbirth, and over 640,000 children received crucial vaccinations, treatments and medications to keep them alive.

But today, our work is far from over. It’s critical that we maintain momentum and stay the course so that we can continue to reach the most vulnerable women and children and help them survive and thrive.

These projects receive financial support from the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

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