Locally we support the Neonatal Intensive Care Units in our communities
In addition to our own children, we are fortunate to have been able to witness families who today are more than thankful for the care and services they received at the NICU during some of the thoughest moments.
The NICU is where newborn babies who need intensive medical attention, start their promising lives. The NICU combines advanced technology and trained health care professionals to provide specialized care for the tiniest patients.
"Critically ill and high-risk newborns are cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at CHEO. In addition to providing hospital care to newborns in a 20-bed unit, CHEO also provides the transfer of critically ill infants. The Neonatal Transport Team is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to provide stabilization for safe and seamless transfer of critically ill infants to an appropriate unit.” CHEO, NICU
With the support of our generous donors, not only do we care for tiny patients, we support parents and families struggling to come to terms with complications at birth and/or their newborn’s illness.
-- The Ottawa General Hospital, NICU
In many developing countries, little progress has been made in closing the gap in antenatal care between urban and rural women. Maternal deaths are now increasingly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, where high fertility rates combined with inadequate access to quality antenatal care and skilled attendance at birth to substantially elevate the risk of death in this region. According the the World Health Organization:
"In 2015, it is estimated that about 800 girls and women died every day as a result of pregnancy and child birth-related complications."
As we can see, there is a clear and urgent need to support mothers and babies.
As part of our global program, Naylah’s Legacy will focus on raising funds to help mothers and babies in the most vulnerable situation. Through our partnership with UNICEF Canada, each year, Naylah’s Legacy will raise awareness and fundraise for a specific project directly linked to support the most vulnerable babies in a developing country.
Naylah’s Legacy partnership with UNICEF Canada goes far beyond one country, as an organization that is part of the United Nations, it gives Nayah’s Legacy the opportunity to support mothers and a babies in more than 190 countries through the Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Initiative.
According to UNICEF, while the world has achieved impressive reductions in mortality of children aged under five since 1990, the survival of newborns (young infants in the first month of life) has lagged behind. It is estimated that in 2015, about 1 million newborns died, equivalent to 2,740 per day. A child born in 2015 was approximately 500 times more likely to die on the first day of life that at one month of age. The high burden of stillbirths is also an increasingly recognized problem, with 2.6 million estimated stillbirths in 2015.
A significant proportion of maternal, newborn and under five deaths are in zones of conflict and displacement (probably between 10 and 20% but difficult to estimate exactly due to lack of data). UNICEF’s health strategy also aims at building resilient and prepared health systems and to provide service delivery in crisis context.”
UNICEF programming around maternal and newborn health seeks to reduce inequities of care, strengthen health systems, incorporate resilience and risk-informed planning, and focus attention on reduction of adolescent pregnancies. UNICEF promotes a holistic, rights-based approach of maternal and child health. To this end, UNICEF seeks to enhance the role of women, prevent child marriage, increase girls’ education, educate, and eliminate female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and support the development of adolescent life skills.