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.