FAROF MNCH OBJECTIVE
- Reductions in the number of maternal death rate in Nigeria through pregnancy and childbirth from treatable complications
- To improve the nutrition of mothers and children.
- Provide women with information and advice on the benefits of taking a vitamin D supplement during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
- Provide Healthy Start vitamin supplements (folic acid and vitamin C and D) for eligible pregnant women.
- To improve breastfeeding amongst mothers in communities through our HDPs training programs.
- To provide breastfeeding information, practical advice and ongoing support – including the help of breastfeeding peer supporters and advice on how to store expressed breast milk safely.
- Once infants are aged 6 months, encourage and help parents and carers to progressively introduce them to a variety of nutritious foods, in addition to milk.
- To improve the nutrition of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children in low-income households.
To ensure that women and newborns survive and remain healthy during pregnancy and childbirth and to improve health outcomes for young children.
MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH PROGRAMME (MCHP)
Every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age. This makes the country the second largest contributor to the under–five and maternal mortality rate in the world.
Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia (PE/E) together account for more than 40% of maternal deaths. To contribute in combating this in Northern Nigeria, FAROF works in two pilot states (Kaduna and Abuja).
Who is the target population?
Pregnant women and parents of infants and children under 5 years old (1-5)
FAROF is implementing her MCH activities within the Northern region of Nigeria, in 2013 her first MCH activities was conducted in Kagarko Local Government Area(LGA) of Kaduna State, Nigeria
The importance of ensuring mothers and their babies are well-nourished is widely recognised. A pregnant woman's nutritional status influences the growth and development of her fetus and forms the foundations for the child's later health (Gluckman et al. 2005). The mother's own health, both in the short and long term, also depends on how well-nourished she is before, during and after pregnancy.
A child's diet during the early years also impacts on their growth and development. It is linked to the incidence of many common childhood conditions such as diarrhoeal disease, dental caries and iron and vitamin D deficiencies. It may also influence the risk in adult life of conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
- Maternal and child nutrition
- Healthy Start scheme(sensitization & training programs)
- Workout for mothers before & after birth (aerobics)
OUR SERVICE INCLUDE:
- Women’s health (monitoring maternal morbidity, prematurity and pre-term birth, HIV and AIDS pandemic, environmental exposures related to reproductive and developmental outcomes, tobacco and alcohol use during pregnancy, prevention of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and hyper- and under-nutrition among reproductive-aged women);
- Child health (access to care for vulnerable children, infant mortality, breast feeding and complementary feeding, infant and child growth and development, special health care needs, pervasive developmental disabilities, childhood hyper- and under-nutrition, health policy and service systems affecting children, and injury prevention);
- Health disparities (child survival, displaced populations, HIV/AIDS orphans, impact of globalization, and human rights).
(Improving Child Nutrition)
FAROF acts as a key survey agent in the provision of massive food and nutrition aid for children around the Northern region of Nigeria. We provide nutritional support service to hard to reach areas in our communities and has been able to combine Technology, using ICT approach to making awareness from one mother to another in order to manage acute malnutrition.
Our Programme Description
35% of One million children under five die every year in Nigeria due to causes attributed to malnutrition. This makes Nigeria one of the six countries that accounts for half of all child deaths from malnutrition worldwide. In the north, half of all children under five are stunted, and one in five suffers from acute malnutrition.
To date, the Nigerian government has not provided the necessary leadership or response to the crisis. Coupled with this, is a weak and fragmented health system which is unable to provide the most basic, cost-effective services for the prevention and management of common health problems. Primary health care level remains the weakest link in effective health delivery.
FAROF programme will deliver a number of evidence-based, highly cost-effective direct interventions for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition, including community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM), vitamin A supplementation and deworming, and promotion of improved infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices.
This programme will reduce the incidence and prevalence of undernutrition in children under five across selected Northern States with high rates of undernutrition:
Our programme will contribute to National targets of reducing underweight and stunting by 20% (absolute reduction) and exclusive breast feeding rates will increase by 15% in North west Region of Nigeria
interventions delivered through the health sector are evidence-based, cost effective and present a key opportunity for achievement of MDGs (1,4,5)
Target: Infant and young Children