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Child Health

Every day, over 13,000 children die worldwide from conditions that could be prevented or treated. 

Most of these conditions—including pneumonia, malaria, and malnutrition—have seemingly simple remedies, such as vaccines, bed nets, and clean drinking water. But poverty and systemic injustice prevent children from receiving the care they need. 

ERA HEALTHCARE is on a mission to change that. We provide health care and social support for children in our communities around the world, delivering compassionate care to society’s most vulnerable. We do this while strengthening health systems to ensure that future generations receive the care they need. 

Our program areas range from malnutrition to HIV but have one idea in common—no child should die because they lack access to care. 

About Services We Provided We provide health care and social support for children around the world, delivering compassionate care to society’s most vulnerable.

We deliver compassionate care to society’s most vulnerable—children around the world. Our teams in the field have a deep understanding of the needs of children and families, and our knowledge of what works drives impact.

MALNUTRITION 

Globally, 45% of child deaths under 5 years are linked to malnutrition. More than 149 million children under 5 were stunted & 45 million were waisted according in 2020 to the WHO. 

INFECTIOUS DISEASES 

Children in the vulnerable communities where we work often face an increased risk of infectious diseases, including HIV and malaria. In 2021, PIH-support facilities administered close 410,000 childhood vaccines to prevent these illnesses. 

Each day, about 400 children under 5 are infected with HIV according to UNICEF. Most of these children live in poor countries and could have been protected from contracting the virus if their mothers had had access to proper testing and antiretroviral treatment during and after pregnancy.

 

Malaria – another treatable disease that needlessly takes lives – affects many of the communities where we work, putting children at risk. We’ve focused our efforts on increasing access to treatment, often accomplished through mobile clinics in which staff travel to remote, rural areas to provide testing and medication. During a single rainy season in Neno District, Malawi, we treated more than 16,500 children under 5 for malaria. 

NEONATAL CARE 

At Era Healthcare, we know that access to care is key to saving a newborn’s life. The first four weeks of a child’s life is when a child is most vulnerable. In 2020, 2.4 million newborns died during this time.

That’s why we are working to increase access to and infrastructure of neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in remote areas. 

EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SUPPORT

Our work in vulnerable communities has taught us that social support, including educational assistance, is key to protecting children’s health. 

 We support school-age children and their families by covering educational fees such as tuition and supplies. Beyond education, our social support in the country includes food packages, new home construction and emergency repairs, and reimbursement for transportation to hospitals and health clinics. Our social support provides critical resources to families as they break the cycle of poverty and ensure a better future for their children. 

 Our work extends into the home as well. Our health educators visit families with young children at risk of developmental delays and teach caregivers how to promote age-appropriate behaviors. We also support a local community center where teenagers from impoverished neighborhoods come for after-school activities.