At Macheo, we believe that every child deserves a healthy start to life! Child and maternal mortality rates are still high, hundreds of mothers and children die every day from pregnancy-related complications and lack of proper care. The burden of child malnourishment is still heavy to bear and every day more vulnerable families are held hostage in a health crisis. Macheo strives to ensure that the children under our care are safer and healthier.
We do this through direct support, training, community empowerment, advocacy and lobbying to ensure that there are improvements in mother to child health care, reduction in early childhood malnourishment and diseases and improved health of children and their care givers.
On a yearly basis the Health Program touches the lives of about 2000 mothers, children and babies.
How does the program work?
Macheo’s 6 operational areas are characterized by poorly build houses, no proper drainage system, inadequate latrines and no system to dispose waste materials. The residents, living in these circumstances without knowledge of hygiene, nutrition or health, are suffering from illnesses impacting their lives. Parents are incapable to work and therefore unable to support their children. Children are not developing well and cannot attend school. Poor hygiene and lack of knowledge leads to life-threatening situations when young mums get complications at birth or do not know how to take care of their newborn baby. Macheo social workers identify children and parents or guardians (to be) in need and admit them in one of the interventions. Each of the interventions provides information on hygiene, nutrition, medical care, or facilitates access to medical care and psychosocial support.
The Health domain consists of four tailored interventions:
• Health; complex & simple cases
• Assist mothers in child care
• Facilitate malnourishment interventions
• Assist teenage mothers
Assist mothers in child care
improves maternal health by offering pre-and post-natal care to expecting mothers and their babies. This intervention reduces child and maternal mortality by providing pregnant women with information about pregnancy, nutrition, and hygiene, arranging medical screenings, facilitating deliveries in the hospital and vaccinating the babies. Macheo recognizes that the first 1,000 days (which runs from conception to the second birthday of the child) as the most critical period of growth and development and continues to support the mothers during this period.
- 85.5% of the mothers of the Mother to Child Program gave birth in hospital
- About 1000 pregnant mothers joined in the 32 seminars
- 92 women were assisted to access various methods in family planning
Facilitate malnourishment interventions
provides severely malnourished and under-developed children with nutrition. In the day care centre malnourished children under the age of 5, receive food to attain normal nutrition status, while being stimulated to improve their health and brain development. The guardians are given information on nutrition to empower them to take care of the children. Reasons can differ from poor economic status, lack of knowledge to child neglect. Irreversible damage can be done to a child’s future when the nutrition is inadequate, so Macheo strives to intervene at a young age.
The Malnourished Children Program:
- doubled the capacity to support 30 children instead of 15 children a year!
The intervention majors on the challenging sicknesses which are treatable for both children and their
guardians. The medical assistance varies, but mostly with the clients being helped to access medical care, lab tests, referrals and NHIF (National Hospital Insurance Fund).
- We providing timely, affordable preventive care to 401 low income patients in 2017.