Empowering communities, saving lives

“Community health workers literally become mobile newborn and childcare units. They can go house to house and save those children.” — Dr. Bang

Doctor Abhay Bang, has for years implemented a simple scheme he pioneered in the remote eastern district of Gadchiroli, India, where he trained local women in basic midwife skills and knowledge. The Gadchiroli trial reduced neonatal mortality by 70% and the infant mortality rate by 57% from 121 per 1,000 babies in 1988 to just 30 deaths per 1,000 babies in 2007. In 1988, the death rate here among children who developed pneumonia was 13%. With Dr Bang’s intervention, it has come down to 0.8%.

© Photos by Andy Hall for Save the Children

Post a Comment