MAKING THE FIRST 1,000 DAYS HEALTHY AND SAFE FOR MOTHERS AND BABIES.
Pregnancy and childbirth are risky in developing nations. Nearly 300,000 women die each year during pregnancy or childbirth, and close to 3 million newborns don’t make it past the first 30 days of life. Preventable complications and illnesses make this normally joyous time a frightening one.
PATH will focus on moms and the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. With your support, we’ll make pregnancy, childbirth, and the first few years of life healthy and safe for all mothers and their babies.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Almost 800 women die every day due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
- 99 percent of maternal deaths occur in developing countries.
- 44 percent of all deaths in children under the age of five years occur in the first month of life. Up to two-thirds of those deaths could be prevented if skilled health workers were engaged at birth and during the first week of life.
- The first 1,000 days of life determine a child’s future health and development.
- Babies who don’t get enough of the right foods are more likely to struggle in school when young and to earn low wages as adults. They also have an increased risk of dying early and suffering from acute illness.
- Between 2005 and 2010, maternal mortality dropped by 11 percent in sub-Saharan Africa, thanks to global efforts.
- September 2016: PATH donors raised enough support to send more than 6,200 NIFTY cups to hospitals in Malawi and Tanzania.
- May 2016: PATH and our partners are working to make the NIFTY™ cup, an inexpensive feeding cup that allows infants to lap or sip milk at their own pace, available to the millions of babies in Africa and Asia who have trouble breastfeeding.
- April 2016: Community health workers in Mozambique and South Africa made more than 170,000 home visits, educating mothers about safe pregnancy and childbirth, nutrition, and the developmental needs of young children.
- 2015: PATH and a South African company developed a prototype of an all-in-one, low-cost uterine balloon tamponade—a device that can save the lives of women with uncontrolled bleeding after childbirth.
- 2015: To date, 12 countries have adopted a new formulation of the antiseptic chlorhexidine to prevent deadly umbilical cord infections in newborns.
Photo: PATH/Doune Porter