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Whom do we help?
We help children and their mothers in Nairobi, Kenya.
Child Rescue Foundation focuses on the reduction of child mortality. We help children, their mothers and pregnant women. Our team supports over six thousand households in the slum community “Kiambiu” in the east of Nairobi. In this slum, many young mothers have little education and income, they live in challenging conditions and have given birth to several children in short intervals. Under these socio-demographic conditions, the under-5 child mortality rate in Kenya is around 10%.
In 2007, when we started the rescue project, each year 10 or more children had died in Kiambiu. At that time, especially needy mothers and their children did not receive sufficient support. Child Rescue has been able to reduce the number of child deaths in Kiambiu steadily. Since the year 2011, two or less children have died per year in Kiambiu. We are grateful that we have been able to reduce child mortality below 1.5%.
Download source:Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2008-09, Chapter 8: Infant and Child Mortality
How do we provide help?
We provide rescue services and health trainings
The Child Rescue team in Nairobi consists of a community nurse and a group of social community workers. On a regular basis, the team visits proactively each household in Kiambiu, where children or pregnant women live. During each household visit, the team provides help, gives advice, and initiates all necessary measures in order to improve the health development of the children and their mothers.
In an emergency, the Child Rescue team organizes a rescue transport and accompanies the mother with the child to the clinic. Child Rescue supports the family with financial resources so they can afford necessary diagnosis, treatment and medication. The team of Child Rescue takes care of the rescued child until it is healthy again.
Where does the Child Rescue project help in Africa?
We provide help in the Kiambiu slum community in Nairobi, Kenya
Child Rescue is serving more than four thousand families in Nairobi, Kenya in the slum area “Kiambiu” (east of Nairobi, to the south of the military airport Moir Air Base, Eastleigh Airport). In Kiambiu (Wikipedia) →, more than 40,000 residents live without running water and sewerage in critical hygienic and poorest conditions. Main medical causes of high child mortality include infection, diarrhea and pneumonia. Other causes of child death include accidents and child neglect or abuse. We focus on the UN Millennium Goals 4 and 5: reduction of child mortality and improvement of child and maternal health in a deprived community.
Child Rescue successfully cooperates with all local authorities and other aid organisations assisting the Kiambiu community. We bridge the gap and provide vital support, which is not offered by public healthcare or any other organisation.
Download source:UN Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5
How do we promote prevention?
We provide health trainings for mothers and pregnant women
Since 2007, we have provided community health trainings and awareness campaigns in Kiambiu on a regular basis. More than 1,000 mothers and pregnant women have already participated. In these trainings, the Child Rescue nurse teaches essential basics of healthy nutrition, hygiene, family planning, vaccination and first aid. The mothers learn health-seeking behavior and effective preventive measures. They benefit a lot from sharing their parental experiences with each other in the group. During these workshops, they receive vital, potentially lifesaving information on all relevant aspects of pregnancy, birth and child health.
Over the years, the mothers have changed their behavior in key areas: they give birth in hospital and breastfeed their children exclusively during the first six months. They take care of the recommended vaccinations, pay attention to a balanced nutrition and trust in medical assistance. At the same time, the negative impact of superstition and fatalism has declined. They discuss their family situations and make more self-determined decisions about their family planning. Based on the successful trainings provided by the Child Rescue team, the mothers have become more empowered and built their capacity to a healthier family development. The have positively changed their attitude and behavior. These preventive measures will have a long-term positive impact.
Quelle runterladen: Healthcare trainings for mothers
How do we empower the community to help themselves?
We support mentor mothers and self-help groups
Since 2007, Child Rescue has helped several thousand mothers to rescue their children from life-threatening situations and to support the children until they have fully recovered. Some of these mothers want to pass on their experience as volunteers to other families in the Kiambiu community. These volunteers call themselves “mentor mothers”. Child Rescue provides general health classes for all pregnant women and mothers in Kiambiu, and additionally special trainings for the mentor mothers.
The Child Rescue team offers guidance to the mentor mothers on how to help other families in Kiambiu. In the year 2013, 13 mentor mothers have established a self-help group. They meet on a weekly basis, discuss current issues, share their experiences and receive training from Child rescue. The mentor mothers are encouraging volunteers who give vital help to the needy families in Kiambiu. Self-help groups have been successfully proven to empower and engage the local community. This is an important milestone for a long-term impact in order to maintain a sustainable reduction in child mortality.
Download source:Self-help groups
What is the impact of Child Rescue?
We have reduced mortality and improved the health of children, mothers and pregnant women.
Due to the service of the Child Rescue team, especially the household visits, the emergency rescue missions and the healthcare trainings, we have contributed to a strong reduction of child mortality. The number of child deaths dropped down drastically from more than 10 deaths in 2007 to two or less deaths annually since the year 2011. Thereby, we have proactively helped to save each year the lives of several children who might have died with high probability without our help.
Additionally, the vaccination level and health development of children, pregnant women and mothers has improved significantly. The health-seeking behavior of many mothers has changed in a positive direction. The number of infections and diarrheal diseases has declined significantly. The community members help each other. Finally, the self-help group of volunteering mentor-mothers is important for a lasting reduction of child mortality in Kiambiu.
Download source:Impact Assessment
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