February: Good news from the field!
Plan USA eNews: February 2011
Plan in the news
Letter from the editor
On behalf of all the girls and boys, their families, communities, and from Plan staff around the world – thank you for your continued support.
Every day, your support helps communities meet the basic needs of their children: clean water, nutritional food, education, health, shelter and safety. And your ongoing support enables communities to go beyond day to day needs to make lasting changes.
Featured in this newsletter are some recent examples of how your generosity has helped Plan to better the lives of children and their families around the globe.
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Recent highlights of Plan's work
Plan Honduras has constructed 9,075 eco-friendly, low consumption stoves in poor households since July 2008. These stoves not only reduce environmental impact, as they require less wood than traditional stoves, they also produce less smoke, protecting women and children from respiratory disease. In fact, there has been a 47% decrease in the rate of acute respiratory disease among children and their mothers in project communities!
Read what families have to say about their new stoves>>
Plan Bangladesh, in an effort to increase access to quality primary health care services by underprivileged women and children, has developed 44 community clinics in rural areas to provide essential services. Since the establishment of these clinics (which cost only $2,600 per year), 98% of beneficiaries are able to access services without leaving their community.
Learn more about Plan's work in Bangladesh>>
Plan Senegal communities were experiencing severe difficulties in bridging the gap between health post and community, but employed nurses did not have the capacity to fulfill the role. As a result, a staggering 65% of infant and child deaths were occurring at home without any contact with a health facility. So, Plan created the role of the Community Health Educator to promote use and quality of services throughout neighboring villages. Now, use and coverage of health services has increased 225% in program areas!
Can you name the five major causes of death among children under five?>>
Plan Pakistan recognized that many children suffer from undiagnosed vision problems, causing poor school performance and high dropout rates. They subsequently implemented a school vision screening program, resulting in 1,240 teachers examining 131,703 children in 649 schools. All 7,631 children who got glasses improved their school performance and the dropout rate fell significantly.
Read more about Plan's school-based health programs>>
In Plan Uganda’s Tororo District, programs for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV were experiencing dropout rates near 90% over the course of treatment. Utilizing a holistic approach that employed infrastructure development, capacity building, health education, village savings and loans associations, and nutritional support, Plan saw mother-to-child transmission of HIV fall from over 30 to 7%.
How can mother-to-child transmission of HIV be prevented?>>
To combat high rates of malaria, Plan Cameroon uses innovative methods to increase coverage of bednet use and preventive treatment. Role-plays, sketches, theater, and health talks by youth, as well as youth-led home visits, have proven extremely successful in changing the habits of community members – bednet use jumped from 13 to 85% for pregnant women and rose from 5 to 84% in children under age five!
More about Plan's malaria control and prevention programs>>