Mauritania

Working With Children in Mauritania

Many communities in Mauritania do not have health facilities nearby. When a health worker is desperately needed—such as during a difficult birth or when a newborn has a high fever—there may not be one. We step into this health care gap by training and equipping Community Health Workers who help prevent deaths from avoidable causes such as diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria among children in Mauritania.

Mauritania has one of the lowest literacy and school enrollment rates in sub-Saharan Africa. We work with local partners to make early childhood education centers accessible to remote communities. We also help parents set up savings groups so they can increase their income and set aside money for medical expenses and emergencies.

Your impact in Mauritania

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
  • 1,300 adults learned about child protection and how to report abuse
  • 493 children's groups are active in the community
  • 305 child protection groups monitored sponsored children
  • 10 joint plans have been made between local partners who help malnourished children
  • 7 faith groups started or joined campaigns to improve children's lives

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Mauritania funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 3,575 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 9,444 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 137 health facilities were given training or supplies as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 2,780 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 2,560 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Mauritania, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 38 severely malnourished kids under age 5 were treated at a health facility
  • 909 children in a nutrition programme are now a healthy weight
  • 33 community health workers and volunteers were trained to give pregnant women and new mothers the information they need when they need it
  • 2,257 babies under age 1 who are supported by community health workers have been immunised
  • 1,696 pregnant women registered in our programs received visits from a health worker or volunteer as scheduled

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Mauritania funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 48 teachers learned new ways to teach kids to read
  • 18 education officials were trained as supervisors in our literacy programme
  • 776 kids aged 3–6 go to preschool
  • 14 new or renovated preschools now meet our quality standards
  • 95 kids and youth completed one of our life skills courses

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Mauritania funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 53 local savings groups were started by faith communities
  • 22 groups of farmers are joining forces to produce and sell their products
  • 33,679 USD worth of cash and vouchers were distributed to families in need
  • 480 people received cash assistance 
  • 382 people received food assistance

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Mauritania funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.