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:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

  • 106 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 19 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 21 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 215 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 3 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 1,317 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 104 malnourished children have regained a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 2,981 children were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 60 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children 
  • 800 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished

*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 1 school was renovated and 1 other received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students, others received classroom tools and resources, were renovated
  • 132 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 400 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 49 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
  • 550 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 2,375 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 227 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 4,136 farmers received inputs like livestock, seeds and tools, to increase their ability to produce more nutritious food and market the excess for a regular income
  • 5,909 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.

  • 2,100 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 3,600 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy

Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

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