India’s success in improving ‘Child Survival’ is proof that there are chances for a better future for India’s Mothers and Children. By scaling high-impact interventions, we can save around 5 million children and approximately 130,000 women in the coming years.
Despite the efforts put in by USAID to save lives of an additional 2.5 million children, much work remains. About a million children still die each year —part in their first month of life. “Women in India” want to prevent pregnancy but are not using modern methods, to do so. Letting couples and individuals to access family planning services—regardless of when and how many children they wish to have—is vital for safe motherhood, happy families, and thriving communities.
Programs and Schemes–
- Maternal and Child Health:
The government works towards improving access and quality of primary health services for women and children, in the interest of saving a million lives. The majority of maternal and child mortality occur despite existing affordable treatments.
Through collaboration with the’ Government of India’, the private sector, and civil society, USAID shows how high-impact resolution can put India on a path to save the lives of mothers and children. These health schemes improve the Quality of Care at birth and help reduce pneumonia, diarrhoea, and malnutrition, the leading causes of infant mortality. ‘USAID’ strengthens the knowledge and skills of health care providers in both government and private health sectors and ensures availability of medicines through technology-enabled distribution.
USAID collaborates with medical organisations for supporting accreditation for ‘Maternal and Child health facilities’. USAID–also supports community-level approaches by promoting healthy behaviour and building the skills of community health workers, focusing on the life-saving impact around the time of delivery. Malnutrition, as we all know by now, is an underlying cause of maternal and child deaths. To address this, USAID helps promote sustainable nutritional practices within local communities.
The Government of India prioritised the national polio program, which contributed to India’s ability to become polio-free. This success shows that it is possible to reach all children with life-saving healthcare, including vaccination. The fact is that more than 7 million children are only- partially immunised in India. USAID strengthens India’s routine immunisation system, by improving the coverage of existing vaccines and introducing newer vaccines, such as rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines.
- Planned Parenthood:
Family planning has extreme health, economic, and social benefits for families. There is an immediate need to delay the first pregnancy, enable appropriate birth spacing, and prevent unintended pregnancies. With the help of evidence-based data, USAID’s family planning program–supports an individual’s right to choose family planning and promotes access to the same. USAID works to improve service delivery channels and awareness of family planning methods. Besides, USAID is working to improve the quality of public health services for the urban poor as well and reduce their out-of-pocket medical costs.
Let us join hands with this non-profit organisation—EKAM, whose vision is to provide a helping hand to the underprivileged families and community. EKAM Foundation recognises that health, nutrition and education are all connected. If attempts are made for them at all stages of growth – then the children will not just survive but live in a thriving environment too.
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