Magazine article Anglican Journal

All Mothers and Children Count

Magazine article Anglican Journal

All Mothers and Children Count

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ONE KEY ASPECT of PWRDF's new All Mothers and Children Count (AMCC) project is ensuring that pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children have enough food to eat. This is an important way to improve their health.

AMCC is funded in conjunction with the Government of Canada, and is taking place in Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania. Each country has its own unique needs and approaches to addressing the gaps in nutrition and access to food for pregnant women, mothers, and young children.

Burundi

Burundi faces the worst problems of the four countries with regards to malnutrition and stunted growth in children. Pre-natal vitamins for mothers, nutrition education, kitchen gardening, and community health workers will all help to alleviate this situation. Overcoming malnutrition on page 4 provides a more in depth look at PWRDF's work with Village Health Works in Burundi.

PHOTO: ZAIDA BASTOS

Mozambique

EHALE ("health" in the local language) is PWRDF's partner in Mozambique. Their work focuses on the grass roots. EHALE supports a variety of community workers in the villages, including safe motherhood promoters, nutrition promoters, gender equality promoters, garden supervisors, and model farmers. These last are villagers who learn new farming techniques, then use their neighbours. The community workers also liaise with the formal health system, helping to make sure pregnant women go to clinics as necessary, using bicycle ambulances and Mothers-in-Waiting houses to help ensure that the deliveries go smoothly. …

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