Globally, 90% of the complications that lead to maternal deaths and two third of infant deaths are absolutely preventable. Lives of mothers and infants can be saved through low-tech, evidence-based, cost-effective interventions. Safe pregnancy, motherhood and childhood are basic human rights as well as an imperative indicator for social and economic progress of any country. MAMTA works towards outcomes that include increased accessibility and availability to maternal/newborn healthcare services.
MAMTA focuses on an integrated model of health care from birth throughout childhood. World Health Report 2005 and The Lancet Neonatal Survival Series stresses upon a continuum of care approach which is an integral part of MAMTA’s operational strategy. A healthy pregnancy begins before conception and continues with prenatal care through 1000 days of the newborn’s life. While we aim for women and children to have access to high-quality maternal and child health services, we also work with health functionaries, opinion leaders and communities to understand and address the challenges contributing to high maternal and child death rate. In the process we empower the mother to confidently take health based decisions for herself and her child. Through the evidences generated, MAMTA also imparts policy and programmatic guidance for comprehensive strategies at national and international platforms.
Pre pregnancy is an important life stage as the very foundation of healthy adulthood and parenthood can be laid if proper care is provided to women. Pre-pregnancy care can bring down many adverse outcomes originating during and after pregnancy.
MAMTA’s MNCHN program engages with women in pre pregnancy stage and continues to intervene at the antenatal, neonatal and child health care phases to provide holistic care. Interventions for pre pregnancy are mainly aimed at the youth and focus on their reproductive health to maximize better health outcomes.
Interventions focus on strategies that prepare the families and the young people about their reproductive health and choices. It also helps young couples make informed decisions on planning a healthy family.
Maternal health is one of the key factors that contributes towards survival and good health of the mother and the baby. In the continuum of care approach, pregnancy is a significant phase that decides the health pattern of the unborn baby and can speed up the mother’s post natal recovery.
As it is proven that investing in antenatal care is a tested and effective method for improving MNCH outcomes, MAMTA interventions emphasize on strategies recommended by WHO that include four antenatal care visits, consumption of 90 or more iron-folic acid (IFA) tablets, administration of two or more Tetanus Toxoid (TT) injections and preparedness for delivery.
Post delivery period is crucial for optimum growth of the infant and speedy recovery of the mother. It is observed that soon after the birth, all focus and attention moves from the mother to the infant which affects and neglects the mother’s health also leading to maternal mortality in many cases. Maternal and child mortality can be reduced to a significant extent with proper care and nutrition. Care during this stage helps the mother to cope up with the hormonal and physical changes and equips her in taking care of the new born. MAMTA’s interventions incorporate recommended and tested strategies of basic care and support for mother and newborns and also address community barriers such as old myths, lack of knowledge, illiteracy etc that often lead to maternal and infant mortality.
The early years of life are fundamentally important for a child’s overall health, growth, development and learning. Proper care imparted in this period initiates and promises healthy and strong foundation for later years. Understanding the stages of child development helps parents/caregivers identify the right support required for the child's optimal growth and development.
MAMTA’s MNCHN interventions focus on high impact health and nutrition models of care for new born and infants. The interventions concentrate on