IRegular prenatal care and access to health care facilities as well as trained midwives and birth attendants help both mother and child get a healthy start.
Malaria, another huge risk to young children and pregnant mothers, is the leading cause of death for Zambian children under 5. Transmitted by mosquitoes, the disease is completely preventable. Education and treated bed net distribution are just two ways ChildFund helps keep children alive.
ChildFund’s immunization programs help protect children from early childhood diseases such as tuberculosis, polio, tetanus and measles. We also work to prevent the spread of other communicable diseases including pneumonia and diarrhea.
One way we do this is to promote access to safe water and sanitation. ChildFund supports communities in building and maintaining safe water points and sanitation facilities. Community volunteers also educate children and youth about good hygiene.