Help save precious newborns!
Inside a small health center in rural Morales, Guatemala, Blanca is being shown by a Plan-trained midwife the right way to fold and fasten a diaper on her newborn son. She’s already been shown how to properly bathe him, and how to support his head.
You’d think Blanca a first-time mother — but she is not. This son is her fourth child. This is, however, the first time either Blanca or one of her children has received appropriate, quality health services during labor and the post-partum period.
The clinic, the staff, the training — all are the beginning stage of a project called Newborn Survival in the Americas, a project designed to meet the special needs of newborns in poor rural villages of Central and South America.
Through this project, newborns and their mothers in Morales, Guatemala and in Mojocoya, Bolivia are receiving the best attainable mother and infant care:
- Essential obstetric care for the safe management of uncomplicated labor;
- Essential newborn care, including:
- tetanus vaccinations
- nutrition counseling and support for exclusive breastfeeding
- education of mothers, fathers and community members and networks to recognize danger signs during pregnancy and the newborn period and appropriate care-seeking
- best practices, such as wiping and wrapping the baby to prevent hypothermia
- basic hygiene measures during labor and beyond (including eye and cord care) to prevent sepsis
- and postnatal follow-up
You can help!Sixty percent of all babies in Latin America who die before reaching their first birthday die in their first month of life — and most of these in their first week. An estimated 200,000 babies throughout Latin America will die this year in their first four weeks of life.
Considerable evidence has demonstrated that three-quarters of such deaths could have been prevented through simple, low-cost measures like those supported by the Newborn Survival in the Americas project.
Your gift today to Plan's Child Survival programs will be used to help improve the health and survival of pregnant women and at-risk children in the neediest of countries through high quality, low-cost and sustainable health measures. Thank you.