A Safe 1000 Days

A Safe 1000 Days

10 March 2015

THE COLOUR SISTERHOOD can help protect the lives of mothers and newborns in Uganda by providing clean birthing kits containing essential items for safe delivery, which are a plastic sheet, soap, gloves, a sterile blade, cords and gauze squares.

Felicidade’s STORY.
Rice porridge – a staple for many Timorese – has become a lot tastier and healthier for Felicidade’s family since she began including little extras such as vegetables, soy beans or egg. Felicidade is a mother of eight and a member of a mothers’ club in her village where she’s gaining a better understanding of health and nutrition. She can now identify the symptoms of common illnesses such as malaria and diarrhea and she also knows how to monitor her children’s nutritional status, ensuring they don’t become malnourished. Families like Felicidade’s are also setting up kitchen gardens where they plant spinach, cabbage, tomatoes and other nutritious vegetables for the household to eat.

The NEED.
Each year an estimated 303,000 women die during pregnancy or from birth related complications and 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries. Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 66% of maternal deaths in 2015. Most of these deaths are preventable and the solutions are well known.

Malnutrition has a devastating impact on the critical first 1,000 days of a child’s life – from conception to 2 years – known as the “window of opportunity” for preventing poor child development caused by under-nutrition. Malnutrition is the underlying contributing factor in about 45% of all child deaths. Timor Leste has the highest prevalence (58%) of ‘stunting’ – impaired growth and development – in children under five years globally. This impaired growth has a significant impact not just in childhood but also in adulthood.

The PROJECT.
In Uganda, World Vision’s partnership with the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia provides a clean birthing environment for women and babies. Clean birthing kits are provided, which contain essential items for a safe delivery, which are a plastic sheet, soap, gloves, a sterile blade, cords and gauze squares.

In Timor-Leste, World Vision’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition Project, which also receives funding from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program, focuses on the first 1,000 days of life. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children aged below two are assessed and monitored to ensure they are getting the right nutrition. District health centres are supported to deliver improved services and clubs are formed where mothers can learn about health and nutrition.

By supporting this project you can help prevent needless deaths and protect the lives of mothers and newborns in Uganda by providing clean birthing kits containing essential items for safe delivery, which are a plastic sheet, soap, gloves, a sterile blade, cords and gauze squares. We can also help improve health and nutrition for two mums and children in Timor-Leste through training for local health workers, nutrition supplements, and nutrition education.

A Great REPORT.
In 2015, 5,338 people were reached through this project. 35 mothers clubs were set up across 32 villages where 326 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers learned about topics including pre- and postnatal care, breastfeeding and the importance of immunisation for their babies. 127 community health volunteers were trained on maternal and child healthcare and they have begun using their training to spread important health messages in the community through household visits.

Local Church AWARENESS.
If you are part of a local church, please be mindful of your local church vision and be sure to graciously submit and share your heart with those in leadership in your life. We believe we should see this as an ‘above and beyond’ endeavour that has the capacity to reach out and build bridges into our unchurched communities and ultimately be a blessing.

Our RESPONSE.
PRAY
For the health and nutrition status of women of childbearing age and children aged below 2 years in Timor-Leste and Uganda. Pray that through this program women’s lives will be saved and children will grow up strong and healthy.

FUNDRAISE.
Check out our handy little tips on various ways to raise funds. Please see the financial guidelines document online for more practical information. Please note that if a project is completed we reserve the right to transfer any excess funds to another project.

TELL US YOUR STORY
Send us an email at coloursisterhood@hillsong.com as we would love to hear about how you did it!

THE DETAILS
$500 AUD can provide 100 clean birthing kits in Uganda and help improve health for two mums or children in Timor-Leste through training local health workers, nutrition supplements, and nutrition education.

£500 can provide 200 clean birthing kits in Uganda and help improve health for four mums or children in Timor-Leste through training local health workers, nutrition supplements and nutrition education.

€500 can provide 150 clean birthing kits in Uganda and help improve health for 3 mums and children in Timor-Leste through training health workers, nutrition supplements and nutrition education.

$500 USD can provide 141 clean birthing kits in Uganda and help improve health for four mums or children in Timor-Leste through training local health workers, nutrition supplements and nutrition education.