Healthier Lives for Children Worldwide
In 2015, CMMB programs delivered critical health services to 91,013 children worldwide. Yet, there are so many more who need access to health care and social services.
Pneumonia (13%), diarrhea (9%), and malaria (7%) continue to be among the main factors contributing to death among children under five years (WHO 2013) worldwide, including Haiti, Kenya, Peru, South Sudan, and Zambia. In most cases, these illnesses are exacerbated by the effects of malnutrition. As a result, children are more susceptible to illness, affecting their physical and mental health.
Children represent hope and the future. They are precious, innocent, and beautiful. But, children are also among the most vulnerable populations in the world.
Our approach focuses on both prevention and treatment of childhood illness and disease. Prevention includes vaccination, exclusive breastfeeding, improving nutrition, and increasing access to safe water and sanitation.
Guiding our treatment efforts in facilities, CMMB programs follow World Health Organization’s guidelines for Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness (IMNCI). The IMNCI approach is designed for use in outpatient clinical settings like those in our CHAMPS countries, which have limited diagnostic tools, medications, and opportunities to practice complicated clinical procedures.
By working with our partners to strengthen anchor healthcare facilities, we can ensure appropriate and sustainable care at clinic and community levels. We work with local health facilities to ensure that they have both the human resources and the medical resources to identify and treat illness. We also train community health workers to educate communities on danger signs, how to prevent illness, and when to refer children to the care they need.
Deworming in Haiti & Peru
The nutritional impairment caused by schistosome and soil-transmitted infections during childhood has been shown to have a significant impact on the growth and development of children. Periodic treatment of children—that is, deworming—can reduce these infections (5). Worldwide, CMMB programs implement parasite prevention programs which include deworming activities and annual, anti-parasitic campaigns.
In 2015, CMMB programs in Haiti and Peru improved the quality of care for nearly 11,000 children with deworming treatments.
Lacking sewer systems, almost all children in Côtes-de-Fer, Haiti, suffer from soil-transmitted worms. Untreated, intestinal worms leave children like Dayana physically, nutritionally, and cognitively impaired. Fortunately, worms are easily treated with albendazole, a pill taken just two times a year. With the support of pharmaceutical donations, nurses at our healthcare facilities in Haiti are able to treat thousands of children in need, free of charge.
(5) World Health Organization, E-Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions (eLENA): Deworming to Combat the Health and Nutritional Impact of Helminth Infections (Geneva: World Health Organization; 2016), http://www.who.int/elena/titles/deworming/en/.