PCI Efforts to Promote Children’s Health Worldwide

The tools that PCI brings to our programs help define the concept of transformational development: finding solutions to poverty through the aspirations, talent, and skills of the people we serve.

PCI helps prevent disease and promote family health and nutrition, combats violence against women, and works to empower women and youth to become community leaders.

PCI works at the community level to address the threats, vulnerabilities, and challenges that people face in a way that is integrated and participatory.

  • Last year, more than 7 million children died before their 5th birthday.
  • Almost half the world’s adolescents of secondary school-age don’t go to secondary school; they are vulnerable to trafficking and recruitment into armed groups.
  • About 150 million young people between the ages of 5 and 14 are engaged in child labor.
  • Malnutrition is the underlying cause of more than 2.6 million child deaths each year.
  • 8 out of 10 women are likely to suffer the loss of a child in their lifetime.
  • Over half of all births are not attended by skilled health personnel.
  • On average, 1 in 30 women will die from pregnancy-related causes.
  • 40,400 families are being reached by Care Groups established by PCI for maternal/child health in Malawi, Liberia, Bangladesh, and the US/Mexico border region.
  • Since May 2010, 1,469 low-cost ultrasounds were provided to Mayan women in rural Guatemala who otherwise would not have been able to afford one.
  • In PCI target US/border communities with high infant mortality, 91.3% of women started prenatal care.
  • In Guatemala, PCI trained 768 caregivers at Casa Materna in the Kangaroo Mother Care method for newborns.



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