Tag Archives: maternal health

Photos: Engaging communities to combat Zika

Photos: Engaging communities to combat Zika | World Vision Blog

In Honduras, Aida brings 8-month-old Crisia to the health center to be tested for Zika. (Photo: 2016 Israel Cárcamo/World Vision)

There have been more than half a million cases of the Zika virus so far across 47 countries.

Focusing on the five most affected countries, which are in Latin America, we're working to empower communities to combat the virus by learning new behaviors that help prevent and treat the disease.

Our photo series shows how!

World Breastfeeding Week: The value of nutrition

World Breastfeeding Week: The value of nutrition | World Vision Blog

Mazengia breastfeeds her 1-year-old son, Dawit. "I love my family more than anything in this world, and there is nothing that makes me happier than seeing everyone healthy." She attended a program in Ethiopia for mothers that included nutrition training. (Photo: 2015 Kelley Lynch/World Vision)

This week (August 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week!

Our nutrition expert writes about how exclusive "breastfeeding really is the best start a newborn can have."

Read about the impact that breastfeeding and good nutrition training is making in Ethiopia.

“I explored, I understood, and I chose”

“I explored, I understood, and I chose” | World Vision Blog

A World Vision trained Peer Educator counsels a family in India. (Photo: 2015 Max Greenstein/World Vision)

Families around the world that make a plan to space out their pregnancies improve the health of both the mothers and children.

Today on International Day of Families, meet two moms in India who chose the best plans for their families to help ensure productive futures for their kids!

UPDATE: Our Zika virus response

UPDATE: Zika virus outbreak | World Vision Blog

Television update in Honduras. (Photo: Kari Costanza/World Vision)

An update on the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas: what’s happening, how World Vision’s expertise with Ebola supports our response and prevention efforts, and what you can do today to help make a difference.

Finding hope in Kenya

Finding hope in Kenya | World Vision Blog

A mother and child in Kenya. (Photo: 2015 Steve Reynolds/World Vision)

Today through August 7 is World Breastfeeding Week!

Pediatric dietitian Connie Warner recently traveled with us to visit our maternal and child health programs in Kenya!

See how her experience lead her to ask, “How can I stand-up for the poor and vulnerable?”

… and how she plans to answer that question.

Motherhood in difficult places

Motherhood in difficult places | World Vision Blog

Felistus with her newborn twin boys in Zambia. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Mothers in the most difficult parts of the world need help to have healthy pregnancies and healthy children.

Read what it was like for Felistus in Zambia to give birth to her twin boys by candlelight at an understaffed and under-supplied clinic, and how World Vision maternal and child health programs are bringing help and hope to mothers in communities around the world.

PHOTOBLOG: Secretly incredible people

PHOTOBLOG: Secretly incredible people | World Vision Blog

"If we want to end global poverty, it starts with mothers and children." (Photo: 2014 Branden Harvey)

Last fall, photographer and storyteller Branden Harvey traveled with our Advocacy team to visit our maternal and child health programs in Zimbabwe!

Today's photoblog captures his journey and the "secretly incredible people" he met along the way.

Motherhood, loss, and hope in Zimbabwe

Motherhood, loss, and hope in Zimbabwe | World Vision Blog

Photo: 2014 Diana Stone

After losing a child, and even after childbirth, mothers need time to heal. In Zimbabwe, they don't always get that time, which endangers their health and the health of their families.

Guest blogger Diana Stone writes today about her recent World Vision trip to visit mothers and children in Zimbabwe and to see how World Vision is working to keep them healthy!

Mothers and the magic of number 5

Mothers and the magic of number 5 | World Vision Blog

(Photo: Paige Ferrari)

Many children can't survive past the age of 5 without a mother figure. And sadly, every day 18,000 children don't.

But many of these deaths are preventable … so we can do something about it! Stand with us this week and support child and maternal health.

Blogger Paige Ferrari explains how.

Health and happiness through clean water

Health and happiness through clean water | World Vision Blog

A new World Vision deep well brings health and happiness to the children of this village in Afghanistan. (©2013 Narges Ghafary/World Vision)

Unsafe water is one of the leading causes of child mortality in Afghanistan, with more than 40 percent of child deaths caused by diarrhea and acute respiratory infection. Clean water can prevent these illnesses. See how a World Vision deep well is changing life in young mother Maryam's village.

Transforming child health through better nutrition

Join us in celebrating World Food Day today!

Tran Thi Mui, a young mother in rural Vietnam, was sad to learn that her first child, Vu Viet Ha, was malnourished. Child malnutrition can lead to reduced mental and physical development as children grow. Aware of this danger, Mui was determined to change her daughter’s situation by continuing to participate in her nutrition club supported by World Vision.

Infographic: A story of good health

Last week, we explored World Vision's WASH programs (water, sanitation, and hygiene), including the effectiveness of these programs in promoting better health in communities.

But World Vision's work in the health sector is much wider in scope than WASH programs alone! This week, we delve deeper into our impact in a wide variety of health issues -- including child and maternal health, HIV and AIDS, and malaria.

Caring for two lives: Q & A with a midwife

“It is not an easy task to perform. I have [responsibility for] two lives at a time -- the mother and the baby,” says Aklima Begum, 48. Aklima lives in Bangladesh and is highly respected in her community. 

Thanks to World Vision, Aklima was able to be educated and certified as a midwife. Midwifery is an extremely important skill for her community, since many families can't afford to see a doctor or stay in a hospital. The lives of mothers and infants are put at risk when they don't have access to proper prenatal care or a safe birthing environment.

Through her education in midwifery, Aklima is able to provide skilled care to mothers who would otherwise have to go without it.

Fast facts on child health

I’m at that phase in life when a lot of my friends are having babies. Within six weeks, I will have gone to three baby showers! I’m thinking about how many prenatal doctor appointments women have in the United States -- and how many checkups and appointments most newborns have in their first year of life.

But what if there was no doctor to visit? No hospital or nearby clinic? No family doctor or trained midwife?

What would happen? Maternal and child mortality rates would go up.