23 August 2011|
Maternal Healthcare & Childbirth Programme
The Faith Matters Pakistan Division manages an effective Maternal Healthcare and Childbirth Programme based in rural areas in Pakistan to improve awareness, basic sanitation and to provide basic training for mothers. Emotional and physical support and basic sanitation can make a huge difference in reducing child mortality and Faith Matters is committed to ensuring that rural areas have basic support elements in villages which are sustainable and replicable.
The Objective and Mission
In 2009 the World Health Organisation (WHO) ranked Pakistan 47th in a list of countries that have the highest under-five child mortality rate. It is estimated that some 15,000 mothers die annually due to pregnancy related causes and about 460,000 children under the age of five do not survive because of inadequate or the complete absence of basic healthcare facilities available to them.
Among the most common causes of mothers dying and high child mortality are a lack of hygiene ,bad nutrition for mothers during pregnancy and not giving birth in the presence of midwives, nurses or doctors - only 39% of births are assisted by a skilled birth attendant.
Our mission is to undertake a long-lasting community health programme at a grass roots level and ensure that every woman can enjoy this basic right.
We are currently launching a training programme in 11 villages in North East Punjab, where the child mortality rate remains that 74, out of every 1000 children born, die before the age of 5. Our programme will work to ensure that women can partner or buddy with those who are in their second and third trimester.
The programme aims to:
- Raise awareness about the significance of basic healthcare.
- Train women on basic healthcare information, which is essential for the mother and child.
- Research the health system in Pakistan and consult with the local medical authorities.
- Liaise with other NGOs and policy makers to implement maternal and child healthcare.
We strongly believe that every woman should have the right to safe access to healthcare before, during and after pregnancy.