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Mar 10, 2020

Expanding the Infant Feeding Project to Zambia

Infant Weaning trainee working with mother & baby
Infant Weaning trainee working with mother & baby

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project. With your help, we have reached 94 mother and babies through life-saving weaning training, designed to support the most vulnerable babies who are at risk of experiencing feeding difficulties.

Your kind donations allowed us to raise a grand total of £2,378 for the Rwanda/ Liberia element of our Infant Feeding Training, which has enabled us to train 22 healthcare staff, including 4 Master Trainers.

Since July 2018, dedicated trainers, nurses, midwives and our partners in Rwanda have been working tirelessly on this life-saving programme. We have seen some fantastic results from the overall project: throughout the infant feeding element of the project, 4 Master Trainers passed on the training to 94 healthcare staff across 10 hospitals. This part of the training reached 4400 mothers and babies between January 2018 and July 2019 alone. Across the hospitals where we had worked, the infant mortality rate fell from 11% - 8% in the first six months of the infant feeding programme.

Your generous contributions directly enabled us to roll out the vital second part of the project in September 2019: the infant weaning training. This is a key area of the programme, as babies who experience feeding difficulties at birth are likely to have a set-back, and be at risk of further problems during the weaning period. The training tackles all the issues a mother may encounter in feeding their baby as they transition onto solid food. Since then 94 mothers and babies have been reached. This training and these fantastic results would not have been possible without your donations, so we thank you for your generosity. Our partners in Rwanda are continuing to roll out the infant weaning training through their work with mothers and babies, as the healthcare staff continue to use the knowledge they have learnt from the MAITS training as they reach mothers across healthcare facilities. 

With the infant feeding and infant weaning elements of the training completed and in place in Rwanda, we will be opening a new GlobalGiving page to begin to roll out this project in Zambia, which you can find at this link:

 https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/infant-feeding-training-zambia/

We are very excited for the next stages of the programme, and we hope you will continue to support this programme. 

You can also see some of our other current work on our GlobalGiving profile, and you can stay up to date with us on our social media: https://www.facebook.com/MAITS.Charity and https://twitter.com/Maits_Charity.

Many, many thanks for your ongoing support on this project, without which we would not have been able to achieve such positive, affirming and life-saving results.

Best wishes,

Esther Hamilton

 

MAITS CEO

Hands-on Infant Weaning Training
Hands-on Infant Weaning Training
Dec 16, 2019

Therapists and lady health workers busy supporting disabled children and families in Karachi

Dear friends and supporters,

Warm festive greetings from MAITS! For the last time in 2019, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support towards our ‘Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan project’. Thanks to your continuous generosity, we have managed to raise £7,508, which brings us ever closer to our target of £15,379.

As the year comes to an end, it is a good time to reflect upon the progress of the Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan project, by telling you about one family whose lives have been changed by your donations, which help train therapists and community workers to identify and support children with disabilities.

We trained therapists at the Pakistani charity, ACELP, to be Master Trainers and go on to deliver training to lady community health workers. Since all finishing this training this summer, the Master Trainer therapist and lady health workers are now all busy implementing everything they have learnt into their work with families, as they assess the needs of children with disabilities within their communities and provide vital support.

Recently, the lady health workers have been working under the clinical supervision of the MAITS master trainers to support a family in Karachi, who have two disabled sons, Aziz, aged 21 and Muhammad, aged 18, alongside two disabled grandchildren, Sadia aged 5 who is blind and Amar aged 2 and a half who has cerebral palsy.

Before meeting the ACELP therapists and lady health workers, the parents were struggling to afford the daily commute to receive treatments for Aziz and Muhammad, they had no experience or training in managing their relatives’ conditions, and were hesitant to even reach out to medical staff Sadia and Amar’s disabilities.

Thankfully, they were recently referred to ACELP, where the Master Trainers have since carried out a full evaluation and, using their MAITS training, identified the best treatments for Aziz and Muhammad. The parents were also encouraged to receive care for Sadia and Amar, with the therapists explaining the vital benefits of early intervention for children with disabilities. They are now seeking medical advice for their grandchildren, which is a hugely positive turnaround from their initial hesitations.

Under supervision of the ACELP Master Trainer therapists, the community health workers carried out a home visit and disability training for the parents, following the MAITS ‘Guide for Parents Manual’. The Master Trainers at ACELP told us that that this help has “made family’s lives more comfortable and functional,” and what’s more, the feedback from the family themselves has also been fantastic. They have reported that since, Aziz and Muhammad’s “quality of live has improved.” They told us that through making their day-to-day routines easier, their children have grown in their independence and they can be properly handled at home. The trust and confidence between the whole family and the MAITS Master Trainers is flourishing.

The MAITS Community Health Worker Training enables staff to give the right information and support to parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities. Without the vital work done by the MAITS trained community health workers and Master Trainers, families like this may continue to struggle to support and provide for their children with disabilities.

We now are hoping to move on to the next stage in this project: recreating the training’s success in other areas of Pakistan. We’ve already had requests from charities in the Punjab area of Pakistan, Rawalpindi and Lahore, who are all keen to start rolling out the programme to train lady community health workers as soon as possible and increase the number of vulnerable children with disabilities that the charities reach. However, we do not currently have enough funding to do this. If we were able to raise additional funding, we can start planning this training straightway.

At this festive time of giving, please do consider supporting the growth of this project. You can also help by telling your friends and family about MAITS’ work and staying up to date by following our social media.

 

Best wishes, 

 

Esther Hamilton 

MAITS CEO 

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Nov 18, 2019

MAITS experts deliver Infant Weaning Training!

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Firstly, MAITS would like to extend a big Thank You to everyone who has donated to the life-saving infant feeding training in Liberia/Rwanda. This has meant we’ve raised £2,378 so far, moving us ever closer to our goal of £21,689, which would allow us to deliver the infant feeding training in Liberia.

Since our last report, your donations have helped our two MAITS experts to deliver the second stage of the training in Rwanda: lifesaving, urgent training on weaning infants with feeding difficulties at 6-12 months. The training focused on building staff’s skills on weaning, from introducing solid food, right through to helping children with feeding difficulties to eat and drink. They trained a total of 22 healthcare staff and social workers, who will be passing these skills on to their colleagues, alongside working with 12 children and 8 mothers (including 4 Expert Mothers who support new mothers with feeding their children)!

We’ve had great feedback from the trainees! An Expert Mother said, “I’m looking forward to passing on the training in my local village meetings to help even more mothers” and a social worker “I’m happy to learn how to help parents correctly position their child as they feed them.” These simple but vital techniques will help improve the long-term outcomes for children with feeding difficulties, reducing the risk of malnutrition and helping to reduce mortality. All in all, the training was a great success!

As part of their ongoing mentoring, the MAITS experts also met with the 4 master trainers who, since last year, have been rolling the first stage of the infant feeding programme to local colleagues and health care staff. The MAITS experts prepared the master trainers to locally rolling out the second part of the training on infant weaning, which helps to increase the projects’ sustainability. The master trainers also reported back on how the training has been benefiting them through patient case studies and the MAITS trainers supervised clinical practice to provide guidance and support.

Your help in securing more funding would mean that we could duplicate this success by delivering this life-saving training in Liberia, which currently has the 19th highest infant mortality rate in the world. Your donations will help us to train 26 local healthcare professionals on reducing infant feeding difficulties, reaching 415 mothers and babies in the first year, alongside 2 local master trainers, who can roll the programme out, helping to make the project sustainable

If you would like to see these projects save more lives in Rwanda and Liberia, please keep spreading the word about MAITS to your friends, families and colleges. If you’d like to see how your donations have been directly helping in Rwanda and get to know some of the Expert Mothers, go to MAITS 2018/19 annual report at https://www.maits.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/19Annual-Report.v11.pdf and turn to pages 18, 19 and 20 to find out more. You can also keep up to date with our work on our social media: https://www.facebook.com/MAITS.Charity and https://twitter.com/Maits_Charity

 Best wishes, 

 

Esther Hamilton, 

 

CEO

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