Our mission is to work in partnership to promote health and social care for women and children in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Afghanistan and Mongolia.
Established in 1984, HealthProm began as a USSR-UK Medical Exchange Programme set up by doctors and allied professionals to promote health education through tours, conferences and exchange visits.
We have since extended from working exclusively in health care to include a focus on the social care of children.
Our vision is a world where each mother and child has secured the right to a healthy and socially included life.
HealthProm champions two fundamental human rights: the right to health as an attainment of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and the right children have not to be separated from their parents.
The key principles guiding our activities are capacity-building for sustainability, evidence-basedpractice and partnership working, pursued through:
- a participatory approach driven by the needs of beneficiaries
- expertise, commitment and sharing
- integrated and multi-disciplinary approach
- learning and innovation
- flexibility and adaptability to local needs and situations
- respect for diversity and promotion of equality of opportunity
- openness and transparency
Maternal and child health
Despite the progress that has been made in reducing maternal and infant mortality, much remains to be done. The 2010 UN Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health calls for a focus on the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach women and children. It stresses the importance of linking maternal and child health and social care, as reflected in HealthProm’s mission.
Find out more about what we are doing to reduce maternal and infant mortality.
Institutionalisation and disability
The number of children in institutions in Central and Eastern Europe is the highest in the world (UNICEF, 2010). What’s more, the absolute number of children in institutions in Russia far exceeds the numbers in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2007, there were more than 800,000 children under the care of the Russian state and the number has been increasing.
It is estimated that 95 million children under 14 have disabilities (WHO, 2011). As the World Health Organisation states, disability has a disproportionate effect in low income countries and NGOs have a key role to play in partnering with government to deliver services, test new types of provision and evaluate outcomes. Its prescriptions closely reflect approaches that HealthProm has been promoting in Russia and Central Asia.
Find out more about what we are doing to reduce institutionalisation and support people with disabilities.
Read our Strategy for Growth 2012-2017
Learn more about our objectives and future plans in our HP 2011-2012 Annual Report
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