Maternal Child Health Initiative – World Neighbours Canada

Reporting Organization:World Neighbours Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 1,031,199
Timeframe: February 25, 2016 - September 30, 2021
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Bruce Petch
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

World Neighbours Canada

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Nepal - $ 410,107.84 (39.77%)

Honduras - $ 310,184.66 (30.08%)

Burkina Faso - $ 300,594.51 (29.15%)

Canada - $ 10,311.99 (1.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Promotion & Education (24 %)

Nutrition (16 %)

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (3 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

WASH (56 %)

Economic Development & Empowerment (1 %)

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The initiative aims to address several development needs and challenges all linked to underlying poverty and lack of basic services in the remote rural areas in the Ramechap district in Nepal, in the Azabache and Nacaome areas in Honduras and in the Gourma province in Burkina Faso. The overall objective of the initiative is to improve the health of mothers and young children, and thus contribute to reducing maternal and child mortality, through assistance with village and household-scale infrastructure, parent health education and enhanced nutrition and food security. World Neighbours Canada aims to develop and implement training programs for women and men to learn about family planning options, to increase food crop production using sustainable and ecologically sound practices, to promote proper nutrition in infants and young children under two years of age that includes breast feeding promotion, developing and implementing water system plans with participation of users etc. The project proposes to benefit more than 50,000 women, men, girls and boys. World Neigbours Canada is working with Tamakoshi Sewa Samiti (TSS) in Nepal, L’Association d’Appui à la Promotion du Développement Durable des Communautés (APDC) in Burkina Faso, and Vecinos Honduras, in Honduras to implement this project. This project is part of Canada’s commitment to maternal, newborn and child health programming.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult men Children, girls Children, boys Under-5 children Newborns
Descriptors: Rural
Total Direct Population: 50,000
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15 Water systems installed or improved
4012 Households with latrines installed and other home improvements (Nepal)
448 Parents trained on ARI (Honduras)
606 Households with latrines installed and other home improvements (Honduras)
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected results by the end of the initiative are: (1) increased use of potable drinking water and healthy home environments by households in Nepal and Honduras; (2) increased utilization by parents of options for prevention and treatment of childhood diseases and family planning in Honduras and Burkina Faso; (3) improved family food security and increased consumption of nutritious foods by children under two years of age in Honduras and Burkina Faso; (4) increased participation of women in leadership of community organizations in all three countries; and (5) increased participation of British Columbians from towns and small cities in activities related to maternal, newborn and child health issues in developing countries.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of September 2019 include: (1) in Nepal, drinking water systems were constructed in 9 villages and latrines were constructed in 4,681 households, providing more than 2,293 rural residents with access to potable water closer to home and reducing average water carrying times for women and girls by 75%; (2) in Honduras, 365 people were trained in drinking water management, 669 households received improved stoves and/or sealed hygienic toilets, and 774 people (of which 94% were women and girls) demonstrated improved knowledge of child nutrition; and (3) in Burkina Faso, 600 people (of which 83% were women and girls) experienced improved food security and nutritional status, and 681 people (of which 70% were women and girls) in 18 villages attended information sessions on the importance of vaccinating children and family planning. In Nepal, Honduras and Burkina Faso, about 12,500 people have participated in one or more information sessions about nutrition and health. These have contributed to better and more equitable access to water and latrines for more than 4,971 people, allowed beneficiaries to make better-informed decisions in regards to family planning, and improved child health and nutrition for 2,000 families.


SDG Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG 3.2.1 Under‑5 mortality rate
  • SDG 3.7.1 Proportion of women of reproductive age (aged 15–49 years) who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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