An initiative to improve health in the first 1,000 days of life
BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities, an independent charity established by BHP Billiton, is supporting a five-year, $25 million initiative led by PATH to improve the health and development of young children in South Africa and Mozambique.
The Window of Opportunity project was designed by PATH to strengthen care over the course of the first 1,000 days of life—from a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday—by ensuring women get regular prenatal care, infants are born safely, and babies get the best health, nutrition, and early childhood development services.
The project targets five districts with high levels of maternal and infant mortality that were chosen to build on the presence of BHP Billiton’s businesses. PATH is collaborating with public-sector and civil society partners to integrate maternal and child health programs with early childhood development interventions and improve health outcomes for 750,000 pregnant women and young children in the two countries.
To date, the project has trained more than 100 health care managers in South Africa to strengthen health systems and improve service quality, and it has provided training and mentoring for more than 475 health professionals and community health workers. In one district alone, the project helped reduce the number of maternal deaths by 65 percent.
- “Making the most of a child’s first 1,000 days” on the PATH blog.
- Press release announcing the partnership.
- “Resourcing communities to improve health and well-being” on the BHP Billiton website.
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