Caring for Women and Children
Bringing hope and healing
Becoming a mother should be an exciting, joyous time. But for many women who have nowhere to give birth safely, it is a moment riddled with fear.
Similarly, watching a child battle malnutrition because there is not enough food is a heartbreaking experience for any parent. We are giving women and children — often among the most vulnerable during a crisis — a much better chance of survival in some of the world’s most challenging places.
Here’s how we make a difference.
In times of disaster and crisis, Medair runs intensive malnutrition treatment programs that nourish and save the lives of young children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, as well as teach communities healthier feeding practices to prevent malnutrition in the future.
With your help, Medair supports local health clinics by training and supervising clinic staff, and by providing them with essential medicines and supplies. We focus our support on primary health care, vaccinations, and safe childbirth. These improvements don’t just mean easier and safer births and healthier childhoods for thousands of women and children; these improvements save lives.
We run “Care Groups” of trained women volunteers who regularly visit with women and their families in their community to promote good health, hygiene, and nutrition practices. In communities with limited access to health care facilities, we train local health workers to visit ill children at home and treat the most common killer diseases — malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. We also increase access and strengthen support services for trauma survivors, and women and girls affected by gender-based violence.
women received antenatal care in DR Congo
women delivered their babies at Medair-supported health facilities in Somalia
children treated for acute malnutrition in Afghanistan