The first 1000 days are the most important time of a child's life. When mothers and their children have access to nutritious food and good sanitation this can prevent malnutrition, the spread of diseases and ensure children get the best possible start in life.
If mothers have poor nutrition this can have lifelong impacts on their own health, and that of their children. For women in marginalized and hard-to-reach communities, accessing nutritious food and health services is often challenging and this can lead to higher levels of maternal and child mortality.
CADEF visions a world in which all children realize their full potential and this is achievable if mothers and children have equitable access to quality health services, nutritious food and skilled birth attendants.
We are training birth attendants to help women to have safe deliveries and to minimize infections to reduce levels of maternal mortality. We are providing postnatal care to mothers and newborn babies, providing reproductive health information to women, especially adolescents and facilitate parenting education sessions that focus on nutrition, breastfeeding and simple methods for preventing diseases such as malaria and water-borne diseases.
Supporting pregnant women, lactating mothers, and children during their first 1000 days is critical to reducing levels of anemia and stunting in children and to ensuring that children grow into healthy adults.
We carry on cooking demonstrations programs in local communities during wish parents learn how to prepare more nutritious and locally-available food for their families. We also train Mothers on how to start and run their own home gardening, where they grow their own vegetables that will support a healthy and balanced diet.
Healthy mothers are more likely to have healthy children and access to information, medical assistance and having their opinions heard are important steps towards reducing maternal and child mortality.