Solthis is signed up to the UN Sustainable development goals (ODD) and the objective of reducing the global maternal mortality rate to below 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030. Most of these deaths would be avoidable if health systems as a whole were strengthened. Solthis works to guarantee the availability and quality of maternal, neonatal and infant health services, particularly in Guinea with the DIAVINA and AIR-POP project
Children are vulnerable to malnutrition and infectious disease, which can often be prevented and/or effectively treated. Children under 5 are particularly vulnerable: 5.6 million deaths in 2016 – 15,000 per day. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region of the world with the highest under-five mortality rate: 1 in 13 children dies before the age of 5.
Pneumonia and diarrhoea alone account for 29% of these deaths. Vaccination is one of the best ways to protect children against disease. Yet 1 in 5 children do not have access to these vaccines. It is therefore a question of working at all levels, from government to family, in both the public and private sectors.
The projects led by Solthis seek to improve integrated care management for children, and community mobilisation to create demand for high-quality care. Solthis’ ambition is to increase its intervention capacity in this area, combining capacity development, technological innovation, and user empowerment.
Maternal and Neonatal Health
Every year, 300,000 women die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth. Among newborns, 3 million deaths occur in the first week after birth. Most of these deaths would be preventable if health systems were improved.
So Solthis is working with the intervention countries to develop treatment capacity, and to develop high-quality and affordable healthcare for all children and women. We are reinforcing skills and public policy to ensure the availability and quality of maternal and neonatal health services.