We have trained midwives to reduce maternal and neonatal complications and deaths. Results show that all the maternity units we have worked with have seen a fall in maternal and infant mortality and an increase in live births. In Baku, the maternity unit saw infant mortality decrease by 58.8%. What’s more, our innovative training to midwives in remote areas means mothers are now choosing to give birth locally among skilled midwives they trust. More.
We provided safe child birth training to local trainers in perinatal clinics in three regions which has helped reduce deaths of newborn babies every year since 2004. It has been disseminated throughout the country by the Ministry of Health and UNICEF. It has contributed significantly to a fall in neonatal mortality between 2000 and 2009 of 21.8 per 1,000 live births (based on UNICEF figures). More.
We target mothers and newborns who need support most: those in poor, remote areas with difficult access to maternity and newborn care. We aim to reduce the number of maternal deaths by training a network of Community Health Workers, facilitating awareness-raising and training of the local populations, providing transport to health centres, equipment, trained help and medication. In the first pilot group of 20 villages in which HealthProm delivered interventions, newborn deaths and stillbirths fell from 36 in the two pre-project years to 10 in the 2-year period following the start of the project. Maternal deaths fell from 12 in the two pre-project years to just 1 in the 2-year period following the start of the project. More.
We have championed intervention in early childhood, raised awareness of the damage caused to very young children by institutional care and promoted integrated help for disabled children and their families. This has led to the making of the film “The Road Home” in Russia, which shows that all children need attachment to at least one parent or surrogate for their optimal development. It continues to raise wider awareness of the issue and has been viewed by over 7,500 Russian specialists and galvanised activity by some 20 Russian NGOs now working in the region to reduce institutionalisation. The work carried out by HealthProm in Altai raised awareness of the needs of children with disabilities to live in families, developed practice with families and supported the setting up of a day centre. It served as a model for work in other countries. More.
HealthProm seeks to find viable alternatives to the institutionalisation of vulnerable and disabled children. Our community-based centre, Kishti, is leading the way in Early Years care which include innovative activity and befriending schemes. Children with disabilities and their non-disabled peers have benefited from activity club events in local schools, kindergartens and two Baby Homes in Dushanbe. Over the last year alone, 919 vulnerable young children have benefited from the Early Years Service. More.
Our model of community-based care to support children with disabilities and their families has expanded to cover a number of new regions and continues to empower parents to keep their children at home. It has benefited more than 2,000 children with disabilities and their families. HealthProm acts as a key networker: our groundbreaking 2011 conference in Bishkek (with 150 participants from 15 countries) brought together NGOs, governments, practitioners and parents from across the region to discuss intellectual disabilities and has led to the creation of a national disability network. More.