Child Health and Nutrition

Child Health and Nutrition Program

  • According to UNICEF, one third of annual deaths of women and children are due to preventable and poverty-related causes such as hunger and poor health.
  • Every child has a right to thrive and survive and through various child health and nutrition initiatives for children and women, RCRA are strengthening the quality of living, as well as life expectancy, saving the lives of vulnerable child.

School Health and First Aid Program

  • The goal of the school health and first aid program is to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of children within a school setting, thus improving their capability to learn. The promotion of health to school children is a critical step towards quality grades in class.
  • RCRA organizes first aid training in schools for children and teachers, provides health education for teachers, caregivers and children, and distributes free sanitary pads.

School Infrastructure Development Program

  • The aim of this program is to build a child friendly environment in schools that is conducive for learning through provision and upgrading basic amenities and facilities; furniture, boreholes, latrines, class rooms, hand wash innovations. These facilities are vital to the well-being of any child and leads to better learning outcomes.
  • Additionally, we directly support caregivers of these children to establish kitchen gardens at household level for nutrition benefits.

Child Protection Program

  • The United Nations defines poverty as a denial of choices and opportunities; a violation of human dignity.
  • The aim of this program is to provide adult care and supervision, and to ensure access to a continuum of social services and psycho-social support. It also improves the safety and protection of children. Through this we are able to increase the feeling of self-importance in the children, restoring their sense of dignity and pride in themselves.

Community Facility Linkage and Referral Program

  • We focus on strengthening the delivery and utilization of the maternal newborn, child health, and family planning services through improved Community Health systems.
  • We do this through strengthening the referral systems right from the community to health facilities proceeds to evaluate if a referral leads to a quality service.
  •  In response to this, 652 Community Health Workers (CHWs) supported by 250 Facility based health workers, were comprehensively oriented and are currently offering quality services to pregnant mothers and newborn and children.
  • RCRA’s CHWs are members of the communities they serve, selected by their own leaders to receive training because of their talent, commitment and ability. They become professional healthcare providers who work tirelessly to advance their skills and provide high quality care to the communities.
  • 1,782 women have been able to access maternal health services such as; family planning, Antenatal, facility based-safe delivery, post-natal checks & access of related services through referrals, malaria screening and treatment in pregnancy.
  • Thus far, over 2,400 children have been supported to access immunization against the six killer diseases, growth monitoring, Antiretroviral Therapy treatment and ensuring that all children sleep under Treated Mosquito Net to prevent malaria.
  • Pregnancy tracking and referral; home visits; neonatal care; postpartum care; recognition of and referral for danger signs; education and awareness, household mapping and community registration; routine visits to record births, deaths, population movement and vaccine records; and promotion of healthy behavior, including Cholera prevention.

Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Program

  • This program focuses on women’s health; prenatal, maternal health and gynecological issues (including screening for breast and cervical cancers). The screening program covers about 1,200 women annually, also including screening and counseling for HIV/AIDS suffers. It also provides some cancer education in small villages.
  • We work with the young people, health care systems and respective duty bearers to promote access to and utilization of Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health friendly services.
  • Increased access to youth-friendly health information and services promotes healthy behaviors and decision-making among adolescents. We advocate for an improved policy environment for the promotion of adolescent health services at all levels.
  • Our health education interventions in schools have impacted reproductive health knowledge in over 5,800 young people in the Albertine Region.
  • We promote Mishmash Prevention Methods to HIV through behavior change strategies, increasing access to HCT services, and referrals for other biomedical services, care and support.
  • We integrate technology to remind HIV/AIDS patients to collect their next batch of drugs in a bid to promote treatment adherence and retention as a measure of prevention.