Every year, over four million babies less than one month of age die, most of them during the critical first week of life; and for every newborn who dies, another is stillborn. Most of these deaths are a consequence of the poor health and nutritional status of the mother coupled with inadequate care before, during, and after delivery. Unfortunately, the problem remains unrecognized or- worse- accepted as inevitable in many societies, in large part because it is so common.
Recognizing the large burden of maternal and neonatal ill-health on the development capacity of individuals, communities and societies, world leaders reaffirmed their commitment to invest in mothers and children by adopting specific goals and targets to reduce maternal and childhood-infant mortality as part of the Millennium Declaration. “There is a widely shared but mistaken idea—- that improvements in newborn health require sophisticated and expensive technologies and highly specialized staff— Reality is that many conditions that result in perinatal death can be prevented or treated without sophisticated and expensive technology. What is required is essential care during pregnancy, the assistance of a person with midwifery skills during childbirth and the immediate postpartum period, and a few critical interventions for the newborn during the first days of life.
A full range of updated, evidence-based norms and standards can enable health care providers to give high quality care during pregnancy, delivery and in the postpartum period, considering the needs of the mother and her newborn baby. It’s helpful for decision-makers, programme managers and health care providers in charting out their roadmap towards meeting the health needs of all mothers and children.
So, now that we have the knowledge, our major challenge is to translate this into action and to reach those women and children who are in need.
But, how it this possible?
Well – with the help of our expert team—-‘EKAM’.
EKAM foundation is a not-for-profit (NGO) organization that works towards providing quality healthcare to needy children and mothers in India. EKAM’s vision is to work for the well-being of children and mothers; and thereby contribute to a reduction in infant, childhood, adolescent and maternal mortality rates. EKAM is a unique health care model, primarily focusing on neonates and infants. The primary is not to replace but to seamlessly supplement the Public health care system. As a child’s health is dependent on the health of its mother, interventions are tailored to address the challenges.
So, let’s connect with EKAM at www.ekamoneness.org and work together to ensure a positive impact!!!