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Because epilepsy often goes untreated in India, our business divisions in India host health fairs designed to increase awareness of the disease. To date, more than 40,000 people have been screened for epilepsy.
Years of civil war and unrest have contributed to Cambodia's high rates of childhood malnutrition and maternal mortality. We're helping to address the problem through a pioneering program at the Angkor Hospital for Children, a teaching hospital in Siem Reap where mothers and health care workers learn good nutrition practices, including how to cook healthy family meals.
Up to 18,000 women in Afghanistan die each year due to lack of basic health care services. The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) is addressing the challenge under the leadership of Nobel Prize nominee Sakena Yacoobi. To date, more than 775,000 women and children have received health services through AIL’s five health clinics, all staffed by women trained by the group.
Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places on earth for women and children. Only 14 percent of its women have access to skilled medical childbirth care – partly because Afghanistan’s male health care providers are not allowed to treat women. Each day, 70 pregnant Afghan women die, many during childbirth.
Sakena Yacoobi, a longtime advocate for women’s rights, was determined to do something about the country’s high maternal mortality rate – and the fact that one in four Afghan children don’t live to see their fifth birthday. She went on to found the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL).
In 2006, the Afghan Institute of Learning partnered with Abbott, the Abbott Fund and Direct Relief International to improve the health of women and children in Afghanistan. The Abbott Fund has focused its support on empowering Afghan women through the training of female midwives to provide skilled assistance during labor and delivery, as well as care for infants and children. In addition, the Abbott Fund supports five of AIL's clinics – staffed and operated primarily by Afghan women – to provide quality patient care and services.
The Abbott Fund helps support AIL’s five clinics, which are staffed and operated by Afghan women. They serve mostly rural areas in the Herat and Kabul provinces.
To date, 78 women have completed midwife training through AIL. Most of them now work in clinics and hospitals.
Many of Sakena Yacoobi’s students take their training classes inside this converted shipping container, which is located on the grounds of the Herat clinic.
The women appreciate the opportunity to study, even in cramped conditions.
In addition to grant support from the Abbott Fund, Abbott supports AIL’s five clinics with donations of medical and nutrition products.
We support AIL’s five-day health education workshops, where local women learn the basics of health care and nutrition. The workshops also teach Afghan women how to read.
Over the past five years, Sakena Yacoobi’s organization has delivered reproductive health services to more than 145,000 Afghan women and conducted health education classes for more than 775,000.
AIL has also performed nutritional assessments for nearly 120,000 children.
The Abbott Fund is an active member of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, whose mission is to empower Afghan women by mobilizing public and private resources to advance women’s health, financial standing and social status.
Pediatric malnutrition is an ongoing problem in Vietnam due to a limited supply of nourishing foods and limited access to nutrition education.
Abbott and the Abbott Fund have teamed up with AmeriCares to support expansion of the Giao Diem Humanitarian Foundation’s Soymilk Nutritional Supplement Program, aimed at addressing nutritional health early in life.
The program reaches more than 4,800 children in three rural provinces – Quan Tri, Hue, and An Giang – where childhood malnutrition rates are among the highest in the country
So far, the program has reduced the prevalence of childhood malnutrition in participating schools by 40 percent.
The program works through local preschools and elementary schools like this one in Hue.
It educates teachers and caretakers about good nutrition and uses locally grown foods and ingredients to improve the nutritional intake in the children’s diets.
One school in Hue has its own garden, where teachers and caretakers are taught how to grow nutritious fruits and vegetables.
They also learn how to cook nourishing meals using local ingredients.
The children receive daily supplements of soy milk fortified with peanuts, rice, beans, noodle soup and fruit, along with 300 mg of chewable calcium.
The program trains teachers, school staff and parents in the basics of child nutrition so they can all work together to ensure the children receive well-balanced diets.
Teachers distribute soy milk after it has been made.
The Abbott Fund began supporting the program in 2006, and within 10 months, the prevalence of underweight children had dropped by nearly two-thirds.
Rates of anemia declined by 80 percent.
Years of civil war and unrest have contributed to Cambodia's high rates of childhood malnutrition. We're helping to address the problem through a pioneering program at the Angkor Hospital for Children, where mothers and health care workers learn good nutrition practices, including how to cook healthy family meals.
Enhancing Maternal and Child Health
Along with our partnerships with health care professionals and governments, Abbott works with a wide range of partners to help educate families about the importance of advancing maternal and child health, including the role of proper nutrition in childhood development. Cambodia, for example, has significantly high rates of childhood malnutrition and maternal mortality, the result of years of war and civil unrest. At Angkor Hospital for Children, Abbott and our nonprofit partner, the Abbott Fund, are working with Direct Relief International (DRI) in a unique nutrition education program. The program teaches thousands of families how to grow and prepare nutritious foods, while also training nurses and other health care workers in nutrition and health care issues.
Similarly, in Vietnam – where a quarter of children under age five are underweight – Abbott and the Abbott Fund are partnering with AmeriCares and Giao Diem Humanitarian Foundation Pediatric Program to improve childhood nutrition through the foundation's Soymilk Nutritional Supplement Program. Since the Abbott Fund began supporting the program in 2006, the prevalence of underweight children has dropped by nearly two-thirds, and childhood anemia has declined by 80 percent. During the 2011–2012 school year, the program achieved a 40 percent decrease in malnutrition in 2 of 3 provinces.
We work with a wide range of partners to improve the health and status of women and children in Afghanistan, Cambodia, China and Vietnam. We also donate products to humanitarian relief agencies serving these vulnerable populations.
Abbott also plays a key role in addressing maternal and child health in Afghanistan – where one in 11 women die during childbirth, the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world, and where one in four children will not live to see their fifth birthday. Abbott and our nonprofit foundation, the Abbott Fund, are working to improve the lives of Afghan women and children through a partnership with Direct Relief International and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL). Founded by Nobel Prize nominee Sakena Yacoobi, a longtime advocate for women's rights in Afghanistan, AIL's five rural clinics – staffed and operated by Afghan women – provide health services and education. Abbott works to empower these women by providing financial support, expertise in maternal and child health, midwife training and nearly $4.5 million in product donations.
Note: All data in the Global Citizenship section reflects activities prior to the separation of Abbott and AbbVie on January 1, 2013.