Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies
Malnutrition affects every stage of life and has severe consequences that can impact families and communities for generations. Malnourished women are more likely to die in childbirth and have low birth weight babies. And their babies are more vulnerable to disease and death.
Because of widespread malnutrition, Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique continue to have some of the highest child mortality rates in the world. Under-nourishment during the first critical years of life reduces a child’s chance of survival and directly affects brain development.
Chronically-malnourished children suffer life-long consequences in cognitive ability, school performance and future earnings, limiting the development potential of nations.
Addressing malnutrition now could bring economic benefits over 100 times as large as the cost of interventions.
What CARE is Doing:
Malnutrition and its devastating consequences can be prevented. CARE’s comprehensive and evidence-based nutrition solutions work. The project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada. The Vancouver and Calgary Councils for CARE Canada are also engaging their communities to raise funds for CARE’s Southern African Nutrition Initiative fund.
CARE’s Southern African Nutrition Initiative fund in support of the Southern African Nutrition Initiative (SANI) is designed to give women, families, and health providers the tools they need to end malnutrition in children under five and in pregnant and nursing women. The tools are simple and they work.
SANI will help achieve lasting change in the lives of beneficiaries by:
- Individual and group nutrition counselling for women and men
- Training health care workers to provide nutrition education for pregnant and nursing women and their families as well as children under five
- Providing therapeutic feeding to severely malnourished children
- Supporting community and backyard gardens by providing seeds, tools, equipment and training to produce a healthy and diverse range of food for families
- Building wells and water systems in collaboration with community members to ensure safe access to clean drinking water
- Empowering women and expanding their economic opportunities through village savings and loans associations which strengthen women’s economic status and autonomy and their ability to generate an income
- Improving access to nutrition and psycho-social support for mothers and families living with HIV and AIDS
- CARE aims to reach close to 600,000 beneficiaries through this project in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, contributing to the reduction of maternal and child mortality in targeted areas.
CARE is seeking to raise $2.1 million from Canadians for this program.