How Our health Work has helped
Helping children stay healthy in Nigeria
In Nigeria, mums face multiple barriers to making sure their children get a good start in life: half of women of child-bearing age are anaemic and many struggle to access healthcare. Despite Nigeria having the second-highest rate of stunting amongst children in the world, only two out of ten children are being treated for malnutrition.
Our project in Niger State is reaching the most vulnerable mums, and children under two, with the medicines, supplements and vitamins they need to thrive, while our community volunteers and mothers’ groups will make sure pregnant women and new mothers know how to access urgently-needed nutritional support. This project is being funded by the World Bank. Vital nutrition supplements are being provided with support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Growing up healthy in Bangladesh
In Rangpur, Bangladesh, 22% of children are underweight and more than a quarter have stunted growth. That means hundreds of thousands of children may never get the chance to grow up healthy – and we know that girls and women are the most at risk.
Our five-year project aims to help 216,400 children to grow up healthier in Rangpur. We’re setting up school gardens to grow nutritious food for lunches and supporting children’s theatre groups to spread positive nutrition messages. We’ve also put in place a new curriculum subject to help children, especially girls, thrive.
Community health worker Chandra
After the Nepal earthquake 50,000 community health volunteers have been working across the country to provide healthcare to women and children.
Chandra has been one of the volunteers helping pregnant women access these vital services.