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Timing Births

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Timing Births


Timing births

Encourage the culture of having children later in life and having a child at least 24 months after a previous birth. Reduce health risks for children born to mothers under the age of 18 by educating about the importance of timing births as it relates to the dangers of diarrhoea.


Name: Promotion of Timing Births
Theme: Health Education to Mothers Region and Country: Maharashtra, India
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Programme Activities:
Children born to young mothers who are not under the age of 18, or born less than 24 months after a previous birth, are far more susceptible to diarrhoeal diseases than other children. Despite these dangers, women aged 15-19 account for 26% of all fertility in Maharashtra, and 31% of all births occur less than two years apart. And compounding these factors, statistics show that mothers aged 15-19 are the most likely to give birth within two years of a previous birth, and that young mothers are also the least likely to know about proper diarrhoea management.

This programme will serve four purposes: Young mothers will be educated about diarrhoeal disease and management to care for their children. Young women will be educated about the importance of having children at a later age, at least after the age of 18. Mothers will be educated about the importance of timing births at least 24 months apart to reduce health risks for the child and mother. Mothers will be educated about the implications of having many children and possible health risks introduced with numerous child births.

This programme will begin with an investigation of the following key points related to young mothers, appropriate child-bearing age, timing births, and having numerous children.

  • Are health care providers reaching young mothers to educate about and promote diarrhoea and disease management and other proper health practices?

  • Are health care providers emphasizing to all women the importance of having children after the age of 18?

  • Are health care providers promoting timing births to be at least 24 months apart?

  • Are health care providers educating about possible health risks associated with having numerous children?

  • If so, how are health care providers conveying these messages? Is the message reaching mothers in a way that they understand it?

  • If so, why are so many mothers not exercising these practices?

Intended Results:
Through a multi-tiered investigation of why all mothers in the state of Maharashtra are not educated about diarrhoea and disease management and other proper health practices, appropriate child bearing age, timing births, and the implications of having numerous children, a programme will be designed to target the causes of the problem. The programme will be targeted to reach and educate a three-fold audience: mothers, health care providers, and the general public.

Programme Management and Implementation:
Messages will be provided to mothers, health care providers, and the general public through training programmes, TV and radio broadcasts, and instructive pamphlets. The materials designed for and used in the programme will be pre-tested to ensure clarity and success on a larger scale.

Programme Monitoring and Evaluation:
Initially programme monitoring will ensure that materials are reaching the appropriate audiences, that broadcasts air when scheduled, and other technical issues. Eventually, monitoring will check recall and the understanding of the targeted audiences. Statistics about young mother education, women having children under the age of 18, mothers timing births, and mothers education about risks associated with numerous births will be evaluated and compared to statistics before program implementation. The program will be revised and adapted as necessary.

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Facts for Life - Timing Births



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