CARING FOR NEW-BORNS – HILLS GROUP SUPPORTS ANFAANI CHILDREN HOME
In Ghana and indeed the entire sub-Saharan Africa, maternal mortality – a woman dying as a result of childbirth – has for several years been a silent killer and a menace in our societies. A report from the United Nations says over 3000 women in Ghana died from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications in the year 2013. It is also said that close to 10 women in the country die every day from these complications.
The Ghana Health Service (GHS), in its monthly health programme on reducing maternal death, Partnership for Action in 2008, disclosed that for every 10,000 births in the country, over 214 Ghanaian women die in the process of delivery.
Furthermore, more than half of infant deaths occur in the first month of life, which translates into enormous social consequences and economic loses for the nation. It was estimated in 2008 that by 2015, over 12,000 more mothers would suffer maternal deaths, if nothing was done about the then level of maternal and new born deaths.
According to research, the alarming rate of maternal deaths in Ghana, and in Africa, can be attributed partly to the level of poverty, and low standard of living in the continent. Sometimes, countries without the means to access food end up having a starvation crisis, leading to complications for pregnant women, and the death of many of its citizens, especially women and children.
At Hills Group, we are well aware that, mothers play an important role in a child’s life. It is said that the presence of a mother in a home full of children is mostly the criteria for determining the well-being of the children in future. It is therefore heart-breaking that though mothers are very important, some children tend to loose theirs immediately they are born.
It is for this reason that Hills Group has taken it upon itself to help curb the menace by partnering Anfaani Children’s Home (ACH) as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme. We believe that with this partnership and support, precious lives of women and infants will be saved as well as provide quality standard of living for infants who have already lost their mothers.
The Anfaani Children’s Home (ACH) is a transit, child survival centre for abandoned and motherless children between the ages of 0-3 years. The home is situated in Tamale, in the Northern Region of Ghana and its objective is to provide a comfortable home, as well as an opportunity for motherless and abandoned babies, to start off life in an enabling environment under responsible guardianship that will guarantee survival and a sure foundation for a healthy start in life.
ACH has been in existence for the past 15 years with a vibrant management that is dedicated to providing a haven and a facility to nurture these children.
Majority of the babies ACH provides home for are either abandoned or have lost their mothers through childbirth. Furthermore, living fathers or other family relations of these babies are either too poor to care for them or they have totally neglected them. Over the years, ACH has been able to operate through donations. The home has cared for over 150 children and provided families for over 20 abandoned babies.
Hills Group is proud to partner Anfaani Children’s Home because of the positive impact they are making in the lives of these children and we will do our best to support the home in their daily operations.