Six Months Old and Flying
Earlier this year, we met Anna a couple of weeks after she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Ester. Recently, we checked back in again with Anna to see how things are going after the six-month check-up and were delighted to see that mum and baby are doing very well.
Anna described how her Community Health Worker, Ester, has continued to support her since the baby was born, providing her with really helpful advice on the importance of exclusively breastfeeding her baby to give her the best start in life. Ester also emphasised the importance that Anna eat “green vegetables and fruits, such as papayas, avocados, oranges, bananas and mangoes, which are found in our community”. Anna’s husband brings these fruits and vegetables home with him as often as he can for his family to eat. All of this has helped baby Ester to have a healthy first six months!
Nutrition-related factors contribute to about 45% of deaths of children under 5 years of age. This is why World Vision Ireland are supporting over 2,000 Community Health Workers, like Ester, to support pregnant women and new mums in our programme areas in Tanzania, Uganda, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. Through our Irish Aid funded maternal and child health programme, we are training Community Health Workers on an approach, whereby they visit pregnant women and mothers of young children to counsel them on important health and nutrition messages in a timely manner. They are making a difference every day through these visits, saving the lives of mums and new babies by sharing crucial health information and tips.
This work would not be possible without the generous support of Irish Aid and the people of Ireland. Thank you.