Our Programmes Strategy provides the framework for the design, implementation and evaluation of the delivery of Women and Children First’s operating strategies.
You can read a summary of our Programmes Strategy or download a PDF of the complete Programmes Strategy.
Our approach encompasses community mobilisation, health system strengthening, capacity building and the continuum of care.
Community mobilisation empowers communities to identify and address important needs themselves. Over the last decade a number of innovative studies have shown that women’s groups can lead to substantial increases in newborn survival as well notable improvements in maternal and newborn care and wellbeing.
Health System Strengthening
Women and Children First works to improve the knowledge and skills of healthcare staff who are providing maternal and newborn health services.
Women and Children First believes that capacity building is essential in reducing maternal and newborn mortality and we assist in strengthening the capacity of communities to organise and demand appropriate services.
Continuum of Care
Maternal and infant mortality can only be prevented through basic, but continous health care for women and babies before and after pregnancy.
Over a quarter of a million women and three million newborn babies die each year in pregnancy and childbirth or soon afterwards, the majority of them in Africa and South Asia. For every woman who dies at least twenty more suffer complications which leave them with lifelong disability and pain.
Our unique programmes are saving the lives of mothers and babies every day. We need you to help us to equip women with their most vital survival tool: knowledge.