Impoverished rural communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest face serious health and development challenges to address urgent maternal and early child health issues. Through community health education, with the latest research on healthy early childhood brain development, the project will work with a comprehensive, integrated approach, and have a tremendous long-term impact on the health of women and children in the Napo Region, benefitting 1,500 community members.
Access to high quality maternal and child health care is a serious challenge. Due to considerable distance to clinics, women do not attend prenatal visits, resulting in poor health indicators for both mothers and children, with high rates of child mortality, chronic malnourishment, respiratory infections, diarrhea, babies born with low birth weights, pregnancies spaced too closely together, and low rates of skilled deliveries. Parents don't know how to promote healthy early child development.
The project will implement a comprehensive Maternal & Child Health project with a community-based activities in the following areas: Access to Maternal & Child Health Services, Support in the creation of a Center to develop activities that facilitate learning on an Early Childhood approach and Access to Maternal & Child Health Services
Through a comprehensive, integrated approach, this project can have a tremendous long-term impact on the health of women and children in the Napo Region -- especially in the critical area of healthy brain development in infants and young children, so that 1,500 people will have a concept of infants as full-fledged members of the community, with the capacity to contribute to long-term sustainable positive changes in the community as well as on family relations among community members.