Credit: Lana Slezic/ Save the Children
Chandravati Devi, 25, looks through a maternal and newborn health guide during a breastfeeding awareness raising session at the Holambi Kalan slum on the outskirts of Delhi, India. The breastfeeding sessions were done in conjunction with Save the Children’s mobile health clinic visit.
Save the Children supports the mobile health clinic which is staffed by a doctor, nurses and a pharmacist. The mobile clinic provides diagnosis, treatment and advice on medical conditions and nutrition for nearby residents. Together with a network of community health volunteers, also supported by Save the Children, the clinic reduces the chances of late or misdiagnoses of illness, including malnourishment, which is a cause of death among poor infants and children in Delhi.
Behavior change plays an important role in informing the public about basic steps they can take to improve the quality of life for their newborn children. Education about exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life can help to ensure better health outcome for newborns.