Child Health and Nutrition

Child Health and Nutrition Program

RCRA is improving the quality of living as well as life expectancy, saving lives of vulnerable children

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. However, every child has a right to thrive and survive and through various child health and nutrition initiatives of RCRA for children and women is strengthening the quality of living as well as life expectancy, saving lives of vulnerable child at a time.

School Health and First Aid program: The goal of 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 learners in schools is critical step towards quality grades in class. RCRA organizes first aid trainings in school for children and teachers, provides health education for teachers, caregivers and children, distributes free sanitary pads.

School Infrastructure Development Program: The aim of this program is to build a school child friendly environment that is conducive for learning through provision and upgrade of basic amenities and facilities such as furniture, boreholes, latrine, class rooms, hand wash innovations. The facilities are vital to the well-being of any child and finally 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. At RCRA, we improve the safety and protection of children, the aim of this program is to provide adult care and supervision and ensure access to a continuum of social services and psychosocial support.

It is a critical part of realizing the sustainable development goals to ensure that children grow up in a safe and supportive environment (UNICEF). The RCRA child protection programs improves the safety and protection of children; the aim is to provide adult care and supervision and ensuring access to a continuum of social services and psychosocial support. Through this we are able to build into our children a strong feeling of self-importance, restoring their sense of dignity and pride in themselves. We want them to forget that they were ever vulnerable.

Community facility linkage and referral programme

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.

We focus on strengthening the delivery and utilization of the maternal newborn and 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. These motivated CHWs become professional healthcare providers who work tirelessly to advance their skills and provide high quality care to the communities.

1782 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 2400 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.


Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Programme

RCRA runs a reproductive health Program that focuses on women’s health, including prenatal and maternal health and gynecological issues (including screening for breast and cervical cancers). The screening program covers about 1,200 women annually and does screening and counseling for HIV/AIDS and some cancer education in small villages in the region.

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; this approach continues to strengthen our opportunity to;

Increase access to youth-friendly health information and services in order to promote 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 5800 young people in the Albertine Region.

We promote a Mishmash Prevention Methods to HIV through behaviour change strategies, increasing access to HCT services, referrals for other biomedical services & care and support.

We integrate communication technology to remind HIV/AIDS patients to pick their next batch of drugs in a bid to promote treatment adherence and retention as a measure of prevention.