Maternal and Child Health in Togo

At the request of our patients and partners, Hope Through Health expanded beyond HIV/AIDS to improve care for the 
most vulnerable in Togo, women and children. Hope Through Health’s Maternal and Child Health Program is an integrated clinic and community-based approach to health systems strengthening. In an effort to end preventable deaths of women and children, Hope Through Health trains community health workers to deliver proactive care to women and children in their homes and provides mentoring and supplies to strengthen the staff and facilities of existing public clinics.

Results To Date

Hope Through Health’s Maternal and Child Health Program launched in August 2015. Within six months, the number of children receiving care increased 10-fold, prenatal consultations doubled and facility-based delivery rates rose significantly. For the most recent data from the program, please read
the latest quarterly report.

How You Can Help

Hope Through Health believes that communities can transform the dynamics of healthcare delivery. The involvement of community members ensures that programs respond directly to patient priorities. As we expand our successful model into maternal and child health, we need your help to continue to deliver efficient, effective, community-driven healthcare in order to end preventable deaths of women and children.

  • Over the next three years we will:
  • Implement an integrated, facility- and community-based, healthcare delivery model
  • Serve over 5,000 women and children under five within an area of 30,000
  • Hire, train and deploy 25 Community Health Workers
  • Train 10 nurses and midwives from four public clinics
  • Deploy Communit Health Workers to conduct pro-active case-finding and provide home-based treatment and referrals to pregnant and postpartum women and children under five
  • Provide clinical mentoring for clinic staff, supply chain management training, and eliminate user fees
  • Increase the percent of children diagnosed and treated for malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia, and malnutrition
  • Increase access to prenatal consultations, facility-based deliveries and family planning services

You can help by:

  • Donating money – any amount goes a long way in Togo. Even a small donation will make a big difference
  • Subscribing to our newsletter
  • Learning more on our blog
  • Sharing our work with your friends and family 

A Day In The Life of a Community Health Worker in Togo

In the morning, Reine wakes up early to prepare breakfast for her family before leaving the house with her youngest son, Marveil, on her back. Yesterday she was performing door-to-door active case finding in one of the furthest villages in her work zone when she found a child with pneumonia. She treated the child with amoxicillin, and now must return for a follow up visit.

She greets acquaintances as she walks through fields of corn, yams, and peanuts. Since she carries her son on her back, she transports her work supplies on her head.

Reine carries her son, Marveil on her back on her way to a home visit.

When she reaches the house of the sick child she sees that the little girl already looks significantly better than the day before. Reine discusses with the mother and verifies that she properly administered the medicine yesterday and this morning. She advises the mother to contact Reine right away if the child becomes more ill or if the mother notices certain danger signs.

After her successful follow up visit, Reine stops by the house of a pregnant woman that she identified a few weeks ago. The woman was scheduled for her first prenatal consultation last week and Reine wants to make sure that she attended.

Reine checks the woman’s health booklet to read any updates the midwife may have written. She discusses a birth plan with the woman, helping her identify when she will travel to the health center to deliver, who will accompany her, and what she will bring along.

Reine discusses prenatal care with a woman in her home.

On her way home for lunch, Reine is stopped by a father who hurriedly shows her the way to his house. His son has had a high fever for three days and the father is worried. Reine consults the child and using a rapid test, determines that he has malaria. She treats the child for malaria and makes a note in her book to return to his house tomorrow for a follow up visit.

Finally, Reine returns home to care for her own children and get a little rest before her neighbors come knocking on her door again in the afternoon.

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