WHERE WE WORK
WHERE WE WORK
The region that includes Burundi, Uganda, Malawi and the DRC has seen some of the world’s most violent conflicts and civil wars since World War II. Food shortages, disease and these conflicts have kept all three countries in the lowest development rating given by the UNDP. Life expectancy remains low, while child and maternal mortality rates remain among the highest in the world. Strengthening the healthcare sector of these countries is an essential component of both economic and social development.
According to UNICEF, 80% of newborn deaths are preventable. Similarly, the World Bank estimates that 74% of maternal deaths are preventable if health workers have access to the knowledge and tools they need. Four of the top clinic-based delivery complications in resource-limited settings are infection, sepsis, hemorrhage and asphyxia. These morbidities are preventable and/or readily treatable through evidence-based practices (EBPs) such as hand washing and equipment sterilization, proper estimation of blood loss, placental assessment and infant CPR.
Despite the fact that the supplies and equipment needed to adhere to these key EBPs are inexpensive and generally available, utilization of these EBPs at health facilities in low-resource settings across sub-Saharan Africa is limited. This is largely due to a lack of knowledge and skills among health workers. Although training programs on EBPs exist, there is little understanding of effective strategies for driving their long-term adoption and adherence in clinical settings.
LN’s innovative interventions directly address these challenges and improve maternal and infant care at these health centers with cost-effective maternal and infant health training, which also includes a corresponding supply of related equipment. By equipping behavior change and ensuring adherence to EBPs, LN interventions have a significant impact on the leading causes of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.
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