More than 380 women per 100,000 die each year in Rwanda due to complications during pregnancy and child birth (HMIS: 2010). Additionally, each year 103 of every 1000 children under the age of 5 die, due to preventable causes such as malnutrition and infectious diseases. Women, in particular young women, are burdened with a high illiteracy rate, poverty, food insecurity, limited access to medical services, gender based violence, and a high number of unplanned pregnancies.
This project will seek to change health knowledge and behaviors among women, adolescent out of school mothers, and community health workers, and will strengthen local health systems in order to complete the unfinished work of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5. We will achieve these objectives through advocacy work, health education sessions, creation of Voice Clubs to support adolescent girls, and community health worker empowerment.
Through the provision of community education on topics such as maternal health, nutrition, hygiene, breastfeeding, reproductive health, and prevention of sexual transmitted diseases, the women and children reached through this program will be agents of change in their community now and into the future. Our motto: "A healthy mother and child, a prosperous community."
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).