ASDHI believes that the majority of child deaths can be prevented by low-tech, evidence-based, cost-effective measures such as vaccines, antibiotics, micronutrient supplementation, insecticide-treated bed nets and improved family care and breastfeeding practices.
ASDHI works to expand family planning programs expecting it to impact on some of the challenges associated with child mortality. By increasing access to use of family planning, ASDHI hopes for reduction of costs associated with achieving other MDG targets including drops in maternal and child mortality. We partner with states to increase access to high quality antenatal and post-natal care; strengthen reproductive health care, and family planning in rural areas; increase access to skilled delivery care, and education about family planning.
We also focus on some remedial measures, like reduction of absolute levels of poverty and access to water and sanitation services.
We address societal and cultural factors that influence women and children’s health and their access to health services. So we address lack of access to and control over resources, limited educational opportunities, and lack of decision making power. We believe that alleviation of these social constraints would contribute towards the success of our goal.
ASDHI supports Government to address challenges in HIV/AIDS services implementation, by focusing on: human resource capacity, weak health infrastructure, insufficient mainstreaming, transportation and general systems, issues of ownership and empowerment, low utilization of antenatal and PMTCT services by pregnant women, lack of prevention targeting population-at-risk. Friends Forever is scaling up efforts to support Government’s effort to remedy some of the challenges.
Malaria & Tuberculosis
MOH (2008) reported that in 2005-06, malaria was the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the country.
ASDHI contributes to disseminating malaria knowledge, and the provision and use of insecticide treated nets.
We work to increase education and knowledge of Malaria, believing that General malaria education is an essential tool for preempting outbreaks of malaria epidemics.
We also focus more on pregnant women and children, who are more susceptible to malaria.
We work in communities to turn around, low IRS coverage, weak environmental management for vector control, and low usage of ITNs by households (utilization rate as opposed to ownership) and treating of persons with negative tests, without adhering to rapid diagnostic tests.
As regards Tuberculosis, ASDHI works to increase Case Detection Rates (CDR) through training of staff; coordination of other CBOs/NGOs; improving access, coverage and utilization of DOTS services.
With an objective to improve nutritional status, particularly during pregnancy and the first two years of life
Maternal and Child Health
Organizations like ours have a major role to play in establishing referral links to emergency obstetric and newborn care, helping communities to overcome economic and social-cultural barriers that inhibit women and their newborns from accessing high-quality care. As such Achieving Sustainable Development and Health Initiative (ASDHI) work on the following high Impact MNCH Intervention Areas:
Nutrition: With an objective to improve nutritional status, particularly during pregnancy and the first two years of life.
Immunization: Strengthening routine immunization (DPT, BCG, Measles);
Control of Diarrheal Disease: Improving family and community practices for diarrheal disease prevention;
Pneumonia Case Management: Ensuring adequate access to pneumonia case management;
Prevention and Treatment of Malaria: Promoting innovative malaria control methods like use of larvacides alongside other routine malaria control strategies;
Maternal and Newborn Care: Improving birth preparedness and complication-readiness planning and access to focused antenatal care;
HIV/AIDS Strengthening or establishing timely linkages between MNCH services and HIV/AIDS related services for women and children.