Mother & Child Health

We work together with communities and local government to prevent mother and child suffering and death. The latest Indonesian statistics show that every three hours a mother dies in childbirth, while every hour 20 babies die. Half of these babies are less than one month old. In remote areas these figures are worse. We provide a mix of practical support, education and health promotion that aims to change poor health behaviours into positive behaviours. Simple basic stuff, really, but with huge effects!

What we do

We provide very practical support such as materials to build water tanks, water taps and toilets for clean water and sanitation, mosquito nets to avoid malaria, materials for community health posts to support pregnant women, mothers and children and materials for evacuation roads to help communities escape to safety when another tsunami hits.

But it is the capacity building of community members, schoolchildren, community health volunteers and relevant government staff that really lies at the heart of what we do to increase the independence and health status of communities and reduce the risk from natural disasters.

Our programs have a holistic approach, combining practical support with capacity building, on different elements such as:

Water & Sanitation

Clean water and sanitation can mean the end of diarrhoea which, for children under five years of age, means having a real chance to survive in remote areas.

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Malaria

These key activities - insecticide treated nets, cleaning up the environment, mass blood tests, trained community members and health staff - contribute to the end of malaria.

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Nutrition

Knowing what to eat and feed your children, growing nutritious crops and using the right foodstuffs, can all contribute to lowering malnutrition.

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Community Health Centres

Groups of community health volunteers (kaders) work together with the local health department to deliver health messages on nutrition, hygiene and sanitation to their neighbours, focusing on at-risk households.

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Education & Health Promotion

Practical support is great, but not enough to ensure people adopt healthy behaviours. Behaviour change is our ultimate goal as this will have an immediate impact on health status, and for generations to come.

We train local health staff, health volunteers (kaders) and community members on how to use the practical tools we provide and which behaviours should be promoted to save the lives of mothers and children.