Nutrition And Maternal Education Development Project (NAMED)
Location: Irumu Territory, DRC
The DRC is ranked last on the human development index and is arguably considered to be the poorest country on earth. Plagued by complex humanitarian issues and conflict, poor infrastructure and widespread poverty, most Congolese lack access to health care, clean water or an adequate food supply. Congo is reported to be the worst place in the world to have a child with 1 in 30 women dying of childbirth-related causes and an infant mortality rate of 115/1000 live births. One in 7 children will die before their 5th birthday and 9 out of 10 mothers have experienced the loss of a child under 5. These staggering statistics are exacerbated by overwhelming poverty in which 80% of Congolese people live on less than $2 a day and 46% of children under 5 are affected by malnutrition.
Irumu Territory where this project is to be implemented has endured decades of conflict and population displacements with extended food insecurity, further increasing the rates of maternal and child mortality. Health issues such as diarrhoea, malaria and acute respiratory infections are widespread and most children receive no medical intervention or treatment.
Samaritan’s Purse has been working in this area since 2009 and has provided food and emergency non-food item distributions in partnership with the World Food Programme and USAID. In addition, we are supporting hospital projects which help to mitigate the causes of under-5 and maternal mortality rates.
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This project has been designed to deliver critical Maternal Child Health (MCH) messages aimed at reducing mortality and improving the health of pregnant women and children under 5. The project aims to create a supportive social environment and robust systems of responsibility thus encourage long term behaviour change and empower women with the knowledge and skills required to improve MCH and provide them with access to local health services.
The local church is fully engaged in the project, with local pastors and church leaders participating through spiritual and social support to the community as well as teaching a spiritual care element in the training of CG Leader Mothers.
The project will reach 31,366 direct beneficiaries, including pregnant women and mothers of children under 5, men from each of the families, children under-5, as well as community leaders. In addition, a further 13,554 indirect beneficiaries will be reached.
- Nutritional intake is improved for children under-5 in target households
- Target households employ good maternal and newborn care practices
- Caregivers will access health care facilities when they or their children are ill
- Increase in percentage of pregnant women aged 15-49 who attend four or more antenatal visits