Why pregnancy support groups?


Posted on
06th Feb 2019
by Cherio Onacha


On Friday we launched our Team Mum campaign to create pregnancy support groups in rural Kenya.

Child.org's strapline is "We Do What Works." That means we're always assessing what we do to improve our impact. It means we're not married to one specific type of intervention - we seize the best opportunities we find to improve the lives of children, based on the latest evidence. 

On Friday we launched our biggest fundraising campaign to date - Team Mum. When you donate to join Team Mum before 30 April, your donation will be matched by the UK government, and all that match funding will be spent on creating pregnancy support groups in Meru.

At the start of our campaign, I wanted to share with you some of the reasons we want to fund this programme - and the evidence behind our approach. This blog includes some of the information from the speech that Marti and I gave at The Shindig last Friday.

Why Meru?

In Kenya, one in 26 babies die before their first birthday. 

Life can be hard for women in Kenya, but it’s particularly tough for those living in rural Meru. In this region, less than 17% of mums are accessing the recommended amount of antenatal care visits. Rates of delivery in hospitals are nearly half of the national average. Rates of postnatal care within 2-3 days of delivery are low at 26%. 

There are even more problem factors with the lack of infrastructure in roads and healthcare provision; travel is difficult, meaning a high turnover of health workers, inadequate facilities and erratic supplies. 

The status of women in the region is low, with little say in the control of local resources and little personal agency in issues of healthcare seeking. Traditional practices and damaging social gender norms are common. 31% of adolescent girls in Meru have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), bringing additional risks in delivery. Teenage pregnancy is very common - 42% of pregnancies are to adolescent girls.

There’s another reason Child.org want to launch this programme in Meru - because we’re already working there! Thanks to the support of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland, we’ve been running women’s groups in Meru for a few years now, offering agricultural training and, just recently, mother’s nutritional training. That means we’re equipped and we’ve been building the capacity of CIFORD, our local community partner, to enable them to deliver a complex programme like pregnant women’s groups on this large scale.

The women in the photo above is called Winfred. Winfred was still in school when she became pregnant with her first child. She wanted to continue with her studies, but her parents refused and told her she needed to earn money. Winfred says she was afraid to tell her parents about her pregnancy and when she did, she said “they changed, and there was no more love again.” 

Winfred now has two children and lives with her grandmother. She’s training to work as a hairdresser. She struggles with the stigma she faces as a young mum in her community, she says “I am unhappy when I meet a group of people laughing, I think they are laughing at me.” 

Feeling rejected and judged by their local community can make young mums isolated and vulnerable, because they have no one to ask for help and support.

We’re very happy to say that Winfred has recently begun a local training programme, funded by Child.org, where she has met other young mums. Learning with other local mums has given Winfred a new perspective on life. She said “I feel free, I feel like I’m my own person. I am happy. I feel like I’m going somewhere with my life, I feel like I can be something in life.”

The evidence for pregnancy support groups

Any scared new mum who has attended an NCT class, been able to ask a question on Mumsnet or simply felt lucky to have strong and supportive mum friends around them will understand the value of the groups we're trying to fund for new mums like Winfred in Meru. 

But there's lots of evidence from the world of international development that supporting mums is the best way forward too. This blog from Melina Gates is a great read to explain why "healthy, economically empowered women are some of development’s best allies."

A large study published in 2013, which you can read here, has been conducted into the impact and cost-effectiveness of women's groups as an intervention to improve maternal and newborn health. The study included a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials in four low-income countries (Bangladesh, India, Malawi, and Nepal) and found that exposure to women's groups was associated with a 20% reduction in neonatal mortality. In studies where at least 30% of pregnant women participated in the groups, there was a 49% reduction in maternal mortality and a 33% reduction in neonatal mortality!

Support groups are promoted by the Baby Friendly Community Initiative and have been tested in Kenya through this pilot.

If you have any questions about the pregnant women’s groups you’re funding by donating to Team Mum, we would love to hear from you. Drop us an email on hello@child.org!

Spectacular Events Project Manager

We are looking for a project manager to work alongside our Creative Producer in the Spectacular Events team. We create amazing experiences (Spectacular Pub Quizzes, Remarkable Tours) as a sustainable income source for Child.org, relying on ticket sales and commercial opportunities, rather than donations.

Apply now
Contract Full time, permanent Salary £23,000-£25,000 depending on experience Holiday 28 days + bank holidays Location Old St, London Start date ASAP Application deadline 27th February, 9am Contact hello@child.org

The role

Do you love taking a great concept or idea and making it happen? Do you relish the opportunity to put on a sell-out spectacular event? Do you have a commercial eye and a business mindset? This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a small, fast-growing international development organisation. 

We are looking for a project manager to work alongside our Creative Producer in the Spectacular Events team. We create amazing experiences (Spectacular Pub Quizzes, Remarkable Tours) as a sustainable income source for Child.org, relying on ticket sales and commercial opportunities, rather than donations. The product has gone from strength to strength since its creation 2 years ago, and we need someone with excellent organisation and coordination skills to keep everything moving as it grows further. 

You will work with the Spectacular Events’ Creative Producer as a close team, splitting the work depending on particular events, timings, strengths etc, but there are some areas you will be directly responsible for:

  • Scaling events and tours within our portfolio to increase market share and profit
  • Coordinating the plan for events scheduled across the year with a product timeline
  • Preparing and managing budgets on a granular event level and at a broader level across the year
  • Developing and maintaining financial and operational processes to keep the product running smoothly
  • Managing teams of contract staff and volunteers across events


A huge part of the job will be working with the Spectacular Events Creative Producer to deliver the various events, so you’ll be jointly responsible for:

  • Ensuring profit from the product continues to grow
  • Managing ticket sales for events, keeping a keen eye on numbers sold and marketing required at every stage
  • Organising event logistics, including:
    • venue liaison; 
    • prop sourcing;
    • volunteer resource;
    • and whatever else is required for the event to go off without a hitch. 
  • Overseeing marketing and advertising across the events
  • Customer support for event attendees
  • Creating new and innovative events that will provide a good return for the charity


This will be an exciting and challenging job for a self starter with a passion for the start-up mentality. You’ll find yourself ranging from drawing up event plans and budgets; sourcing Wizard-themed props; liaising with actors for immersive experiences; setting up facebook adverts to sell to new audiences; you will throw yourself in with passion and commitment.

About you

You have a natural instinct for business, seeking out opportunities for income growth and for maximising anything that comes your way. 

You will enjoy finding new audiences for our creative events.

You will enjoy the buzz of event day.

You will be enthusiastic, diplomatic and adaptable in your approach. 

You have the organisational skills and attention to detail to implement and maintain an annual plan of events.

You are the kind of person who wants to have an impact, who likes to throw themselves into something. There is no room for someone who looks forward to 5pm arriving so they can leave. We don’t want you to stay after 5pm very often, but we want you to be unhappy about that.

 

You'll be really good at

1. Project coordination 

You will be managing a wide range of events. Some will be at different stages of development and will be a demand on your time. We need someone who can manage a diverse range of priorities and make sure events go off without a hitch, whilst responding to new opportunities or developing new concepts.

2. Financial sense

As a role which is about generating money for the business, a keen sense of what will make money and what won’t, is important. The ability to manage simple budgets and project estimated income is helpful - with support and guidance from the team along the way. 

3. Self direction

You will have the support of the whole team behind you, because that’s how we work at Child.org. There are also some pretty amazing trustees and volunteers with fundraising and business experience who will be on hand to help. However, we are a small charity and there’s a huge amount to do. This means we need someone who is able to work proactively and under their own initiative, and who thrives on the chance to prove what they can really do. 

4. Communication skills

This role is external facing - you will spend a lot of your time with people or on the phone. We need someone in our team who is able communicate clearly and passionately about what we do, and read and understand the people they meet. The confidence to pick up the phone or speak to a huge range of people is vital

Applying for the role

Required experience

Obviously, we’d love you to have a huge range of experience in all sorts of areas of budgeting, event logistics, and fundraising, but we know you won’t have all of those. If you are driven, capable, smart and can explain why you could do this job really well then we will consider you. 

Application guidance

We do want to see your CV, but we also want a cover letter that explains why you will be really good at raising money for us. Focus less on your passion for the cause, and more on how your skills and drive will help improve our events offering and increase our income - because that’s how we’ll impact the lives of children most. Tell us what you like about what we do; or what you think we should be doing; or why placing our Spectacular Events in your hands is a good idea. Give us a flavour of what having you as part of the team will be like. 

In addition to the CV and cover letter, please consider the scenario below, and summarise for us how you would approach weighing up the two options. Please keep this to less than a page - if we like your approach, we’ll invite you to an interview where you can expand further! (Just add this to the end of your cover letter and upload them as a single document via the form).

The scenario
Spectacular Events’ creative producer, Amy, has come up with two new event ideas to launch this Christmas, each requiring investment of up to £10,000, but the product only has resource to go ahead with one. 

Option one: Big Fat Christmas 
Big Fat Christmas is a Spectacular Pub Quizzes holiday special! As always we’ll be getting our guests singing along to their favourite songs, hunting for prizes and putting their knowledge to the test! This event will take part in a range of venues across the UK - both formally organised by us and informally by local people and pubs, so would have different numbers and ticket prices at each event.

Option two: The Masquerade Christmas Ball
The Masquerade Christmas Ball is the formal event of season! Guests will be encouraged to dress up to the nines in their formal wear with their hidden identity for a night of secrecy and enchantment! The event will hold 300 people, with live entertainment, food and drink.

Both of these ticketed events will require hired events managers and support.

Some things you might like to consider are below, but please note that this list is not exhaustive and you should consider any other factors you think relevant.

  • The audience and reach
  • An appropriate ticket price
  • The expected financial return (both immediate and long term)
  • Costs
  • Your and the creative producer's time
  • Other resource required - including people, venue, props etc.
  • Any marketing required
  • The risks involve
Apply now


Why work for Child.org?

Be on the cutting edge

Child.org do what works. That means we innovate often and react fast to new information and trends, ensuring we're always doing what will help us have the very best long-term sustainable impact in the lives of the children we're here to support.

Feel your impact

Our small team means you'll have a clear insight into everything we do, from designing our website to funding our projects in the field. If you don't like feeling like a small cog in a big machine, Child.org is for you.

Develop

The Child.org team make our own opportunities. Child.org is the kind of place where driven employees can go from interning to launching and managing fundraising events worth tens of thousands of pounds, within months. If you're innovative and ambitious, we'll help you bite off more than you think you can chew.

Love your job

We love dramatic Spotify work music, animated gif memos and fancy dress Fridays. We love Kinder Surprise meetings and wearing Child.org t-shirts on our days off. We love post-work pina coladas and the sound of rain. We smile when we get to the office in the morning. If you think you might love some or all of these things, you'll love working at Child.org.

This Galentines Day, meet Lilian


Posted on
11th Feb 2019
by Ellie Dawes


Happy Galentines Day!

It's become popular for people to shower their most vital friends in love and appreciation on 13 February, acknowledging that friendships are as important as romantic relationships, and not to be taken for granted. This activity has become known as Galentines Day, thanks to Parks and Recreation, but there's no reason men can't be involved too (Mumdood at Child.org celebrates it as Palentines Day...)

It's great to take stock, to remember the times when a group of our peers were there to offer love and support. Here at Child.org, we've been thinking about that a lot recently, as we work to raise donations for our Team Mum appeal and create our pregnancy support groups. 

The groups we're working to fund will arm mums with vital health information that will help them keep themselves and their babies safe through pregnancy and early infancy. But they will also be an important source of friendly peer-to-peer support. We've been asking mums, both in Kenya and in the UK, about what they wish they'd known when they first became pregnant. A common theme from all mums is that they need someone to ask for advice, someone to tell them that they are doing well!

Lilian was struggling for money and support when she became pregnant. In this video, she describes what happened when she went into labour - and why she wishes she'd had the chance to join a pregnancy support group:

If you donate to Join Team Mum before 30 April, your donation will be matched by the UK government. Together, we will launch pregnancy support groups in Lilian's community in Meru. Here are five great ways to support Team Mum this Galentines Day...

1. Plan an International Women's Day pub quiz

Order your pack and plan to get your friends together on or around International Women's Day (8th March). This quiz has been created specially for Team Mum by our friends at Wondering Womb. It's designed to be hilarious fun which celebrating the power of women. You could host it in your local pub, at work or in your living room! Find out how to host a quiz.

2. Share Lilian's story

We're sharing a whole host of content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter during the Team Mum campaign. Lilian has joined Team Mum and lent us her story and her voice so we can make a difference in her community. Please amplify that voice by sharing our posts this week.

3. Consider a real adventure

Riders are signing up now for our first ever all-women Ride Africa this July. Join TV presenter Cat Cubie, some awesome Team Mum partners, and the Child.org team on the ride of a lifetime through Kenya. You'll finish your ride in Meru, where you'll likely meet Lilian and talk to her first-hand about how pregnancy support groups will make a difference. Read more about ride in Jamie's blog here, or sign up at rideafrica.org

4. Get your colleagues to hold a Royal Baby Sweepstake in your office

Easy peasy office fundraising! Order your pack, stick some names in a hat and wait for Megan and Harry's baby to be royally named.

5. Plan a night out at one of our Team Mum events

If you're in London, check out our women-power themed programme of awesome events at Vault Festival, or bring your mum to our Mother's Day Concert (details soon to be announced!) Elsewhere in the country, look out for an International Women's Day quiz near you.

 

For more about our campaign, and to donate, please visit child.org/teammum. Thank you for all your help so far - we can do this!

Women riding for Women


Posted on
11th Feb 2019
by Jamie Chisholm


Ride Africa’s first all Women ride is now open! Ride across Kenya with us 6 - 13 July 2019

Imagine you are riding in a nature documentary with an inspiring group, with no MAMIL’s (middle aged men in lycra) to spoil the landscape, then experiencing first-hand the area and meeting the families that your pedalling and fundraising efforts have impacted. It’s no ordinary charity bike ride, it’s the ride of a lifetime!

Child.org have opened registration for our first ever All Women Ride Africa cycle adventure across Kenya’s stunning landscape. The ride will take place this July with riders fundraising in support of Child.org’s Team Mum appeal, which has the support of UK Aid Match. People involved in the ride so far include Scottish presenter Cat Cubie and  the co-founders of Cuckooz Nest, with support on the ride provided by David Kinjah, legendary coach for Chris Froome.

Our team have developed a great reputation for our Ride Africa challenges since the first ride in 2010. The all-women ride will cover 450 km over 6 days from Lake Naivasha to Meru in Central Kenya. There are places available for just 70 women to experience the best of Kenya. Our riders will pass through Hell’s Gate, across vast plains, through national parks, past lakes teeming with wildlife, see the majestic Thompson Falls and up to the base of Mount Kenya. The ride destination is Meru, a very fitting finish, as this rural community is where our project team will be using rider’s Team Mum  fundraising to create vital pregnancy support groups.

Marti, our Programming Manager at Child.org and previous Ride Africa rider said: “Ride Africa is a life-changing experience for our riders and for the women their fundraising will support. Imagine going through a difficult pregnancy and birth in a place where access to information is a struggle. Accessing the internet briefly can cost the same as your daily food budget. Health clinics are hours away by foot and community care is inconsistent and scarce at best. By empowering mums with information about how to keep their families safe and well, we will enable them to help their babies survive and thrive.”

With riders each covering the cost of their own trip, all fundraising from the ride goes directly to where it’s needed. Thanks to UK Aid Match, all donations made in support of the Team Mum appeal between 1st Feb–30th April will be matched by the UK government - so riders who fundraise during this period can support twice as many new mums in Meru. 

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: “Expectant mothers across the UK are supported throughout their pregnancy by the hard work and care of our fantastic NHS. Sadly, this is not the same for many women in Kenya who still do not have access to the care they need to make sure that their babies grow.

The Team Mum campaign, with the support of UK Aid Match, is bringing together parents and experts from across Britain to support communities and empower pregnant women in rural Kenya.

Every time the British public reach into their pockets and donate to a UK Aid Match charity, the Government matches their contributions pound for pound. This appeal is directly changing the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”

Our Ride Africa team is building, with some inspiring women riders already signed up. Fabienne O’Neill and Charlie Rosier are the co-founders of Cuckooz Nest, clever co-working space with crèche for working Mums. They said: “We at Cuckooz Nest are incredibly proud to be a part of Team Mum. As a team, we have always strived to better support mothers and this felt like a natural affiliation & something very close to our hearts. We are really excited (and slightly scared!) to be a part of the epic all-women Ride Africa cycle team.”

Other riders include Cat Cubie, Scottish TV presenter and journalist, who is recruiting a team in Scotland.

The legendary Kenyan cycling ambassador David Kinjah, who is famous for discovering and mentoring Chris Froome as a boy, is part of the elite support team who will be there to support the ride.

If you're interested in taking part in Ride Africa, or would like more information, please get int touch! You can call me on 07941 535837 or email jamie@child.org. Women cyclists can sign up to join the ride at rideafrica.org.

For all those men looking to join in, your chance to experience the next regular mixed event is 19th to 26th October.  Sign up is already open above.

Announcing Team Mum


Posted on
01st Feb 2019
by Ellie Dawes


Child.org are thrilled to announce the launch of Team Mum!

It’s by far the biggest fundraising appeal this organisation has ever attempted - and it is the first time first time we have run a UK Aid Match appeal - where the UK government will double all the donations we receive. 

Our Team Mum appeal will run from today (1 February) until 30 April 2019. Money raised by the appeal will catapult forward Child.org’s new work to make babies safer. Donations made before 30 April will be matched by the UK government. 

The match funding from the government will be spent right away, creating brand new pregnancy support groups in Meru, rural Kenya. Public donations will be spent on this project and on taking Child.org’s Team Mum work forward, designing, funding and delivering more solutions like this for mums in Kenya and Sierra Leone*. Watch this video to find out why we want to create pregnancy support groups in rural Kenya:

This is a golden opportunity for our supporters! If you donate to join Team Mum, you know that through your donation you are helping mums in Kenya immediately, but you’ll also have a stake in driving Team Mum forward over the next few years - providing vital long-term support for Child.org’s new work with mums and babies.

Donate now to join Team Mum

If you’d like to support Child.org’s mother and baby programming even further into the future, please consider joining Team Mum Monthly. By making a monthly contribution towards our work with mums and babies, you’ll be empowering whole communities to make pregnancy, birth and early childhood safer. If you sign up before 30 April, your first three monthly contributions will be matched by the UK government.

Join Team Mum Monthly

Child.org need to raise £150,000 to launch our pregnancy support groups. We’ll be sharing lots of beautiful stories about your impact in Meru over the coming months, and exciting ways for you to be involved. Your support in sharing, commenting on, and liking our content is always appreciated!

Team Mum will involve 120 parenting comms partners, a special all-women edition of Ride Africa, our own stage at Vault Festival, choirs, Supper Clubs and Royal Baby Sweepstakes! We can’t wait to get started, watch this space...

 

*If you are raising money as a Soroptimist, your donations will go towards Meru Women’s Garden Project as usual, and the extra match funding will fund our pregnancy support groups - also in Meru!

Charity Concierge: Volunteer Information 2019

Welcome to the last stage of your Charity Concierge 2019 registration!

This form needs to be filled in within a week of your initial registration to ensure your space at the festival is confirmed (you can fill this in again to sign up for further festivals at any point though). You'll need a passport style photograph & evidence of your right to work in the EU (this is usually a photocopy of your passport, or passport with visa page if you're from outside the EU). You'll also need to bring this with you to the festival, but don't worry, we'll keep it in a secure safe.

You should have already read this information, but before you proceed you may want to refresh your memory of the dates and times you are required:

Latitude Information

All ready? Just fill in the required fields below.

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Personal Details

For a compulsory PNC (Police National Computer) check which is required for all festival volunteers
If you have a medical condition we should be aware of, please state it here.
Tick the festival you initially registered for, as well as any others you want to commit to. Please note that adding festivals at this point uses your existing deposit, so cancelling your attendance or missing shifts would result in it not being returned to you. The deposit will be returned after your final festival.

Your experience

(which festivals, when, where, what you did)
Don't worry if you aren't an experienced tent pitcher - we will just ask you to arrive a bit earlier for some training before the main briefing. We will also buddy you up with someone with complimentary experience for the first part of the shift!

Uploads

Each volunteer will have their own Charity Concierge ID, to be worn at all times whilst on shift. Please upload a passport style photo here for the ID, where your face can be clearly seen with no hats or sunglasses.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png.
Usually this is just a copy of the picture page of an EU passport, however if you are from outside of the EU we also need a copy of the visa page giving you the right to work. If you're not sure which evidence to provide, please get in touch with us: holly@child.org
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And finally...

If you are registering with other people, please put their full names in this box. We can’t guarantee that you will have the same shifts but we will do our best to accommodate requests.
This will not guarantee you a parking permit for the festival. They are very restricted in number, so everybody driving will be asked to share their route in the Facebook group and fill their car before the permit will be provided. We will be providing a coach from Newquay train station, so please do use this option if at all possible.

The Problem

Sierra Leone is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for mums, babies and children.



An estimated one in 17 women in Sierra Leone will die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth (compared with one in 5,800 in the UK). This West African country has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world - and the 4th highest rate of child mortality.

Some of the biggest problems lie in the country’s health system, which is critically underdeveloped, understaffed and under-funded. This means the care that people receive from the health service is often poor and ineffective.

Thanks to the work of development organisations, the situation has been improving in recent years, with more local health volunteers and equipment. However, provision is still poor. For example:

  • Health services have chronic low levels of staff. In community health centres, approximately a third of posts are unfilled (either due to lack of funds or lack of qualified personnel), a third are voluntary, and just a third are employed
  • Salaries for employed staff are low and sometimes not paid at all. This leads to high levels of demand for ‘under-the-counter’ payments which exacerbate poverty and disadvantage the poorest members of society
  • Supplies of essential drugs and equipment often run out – leading to mothers and families having to buy from private shops locally, not get treatment, or travel to another facility
  • Many health facilities do not have secure power and some have no water or sanitation
  • The quality of data, reporting and surveillance is variable and often incomplete
  • Preventive health services and health promotion are limited and not always coordinated

This lack of reliable health care deters poor families from seeking care and perpetuates continued belief and use of traditional practices. (Some of these practices may be helpful - but some also harmful.)

Goals

Much of the excellent work conducted by organisations in Sierra Leone has aimed to improve the provision of health services. Child.org and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have started working together because we believe that there are missed opportunities to improve the quality of care.

What is quality of care?

Quality of care is about what actually happens when a person accesses a health service. Were they treated with dignity and given privacy? Were they treated with kindness and afforded equity? Was the person treating them provided with the right information, and did they pass this information on to the patient?

Changes to quality of care are less reliant on ongoing funding than changes to provision (which might involve hiring more staff or providing more equipment.) But quality of care can have a big impact. If we can make people’s experiences of accessing healthcare more positive, they will be more likely to seek help again, and they will be more likely to receive and pass on vital health information.


In Sierra Leone
1 in 17 women
will die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth

Evidence

 

Who defines quality of care and how do we measure it?

The term "quality of care" is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and they also provide a framework for improving the quality of care for mothers and newborns. Sierra Leone has recently joined the international Quality of Care Network, but at the moment it has no data or basic tools to provide consistent evidence about the experience of health service users.

Without this evidence, Sierra Leone can't identify where low or zero-cost improvements in quality and experience may be possible. It's also impossible for local health services, government or WHO to monitor improvements.

This is why Child.org are keen to prioritise the development of these data and tools - as you'll see from the methodology outlined below.

The proportion of births in developing countries attended by skilled health personnel
up from 56% to 68%
between 1990 and 2012
Globally
99% of maternal deaths
occur in developing countries

Evidence based on:

Standards for improving quality of maternal and newborn care in health facilities (WHO) Read article
The Master Plan from Child.org (outlining our programming approach) Read article

Where we work

Child.org are working with the Department of Public Health at the University of Makeni. 

We are proposing our first health needs assessment to run in the population served by Yoni Community Health Post. This is close to one of the university's outlying campus buildings, allowing for us to start the project together with fewer start-up logistics and costs. 

Yoni Community Health Post covers a population of 3,144 people spread across nine rural villages on the outskirts of Makeni. These villages were disproportionately affected by Ebola - in one village over 50 people were killed.

 

Methodology

Child.org’s work in Sierra Leone is about investigating to find clever little, inexpensive changes that will have a big impact. As the data and assessment of care in Sierra Leone is scant - our first move is to collect this information to help us to identify the biggest opportunities to improve quality of care.

1. Assessment tools

We will develop simple tools to assess the experience of using health services by mothers, families of newborns, children and adolescents in Sierra Leone. 

The assessment tools we develop will be based on existing tools used across a range of diverse countries.  They will help collect data linked to key indicators and international rights-based standards.

The data sets and tools we create can then be used by WHO and Government of Sierra Leone to drive improvement priorities and reporting indicators. They will also be used by district and local health services in Bombali and Makeni (plus Child.org and other partners) to identify and inform further interventions.

2. Improving quality of care and encouraging access

Child.org, and the organisations we are working with, will use the information gathered to act on opportunities to improve the quality of care for mothers, babies and children. We are investigating ways to help people to identify when they need to seek healthcare, and encouraging them to do so.

For example, we are proposing a pilot study to identify pre-term and underweight babies born at home using a simple foot measurement card.

How you can help

Child.org's work in Sierra Leone is in its infancy.

If you're interested in supporting an important and innovative stream of international development programming, right from the very beginning, please consider joining making a donation, and make sure you check the box to receive our newsletter. We'll update you as things develop!

 

Note: The photographs we're currently using to illustrate our work in Sierra Leone on this website were actually taken in Kenya on our other programmes. We have not yet had the opportunity to photograph our new work in this country, but we hope to have some photographs from Sierra Leone soon!

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