The Leo & Mia Foundation is a fast-growing non-governmental organisation (NGO) focused on the survival of preterm babies (babies born too early), preventing and treating potential complications that could lead to their disability (learning disabilities, hearing and visual problems). Cost-effective interventions could prevent three quarters of deaths from being born preterm. These interventions are offered through essential and additional care, including in particular, maternal intervention.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 15 million children are born preterm (born before the 37 weeks gestation period is completed). This is 1 in 10 babies, and the number has been rising in countries with data. Being born preterm results in complications, making it one of the leading causes of death in children under the age of 5. In over 14 countries, preterm births range from 5% to 18%.
The priority countries for the L&M Foundation are India, Indonesia and Nigeria which are in the top ten countries globally with the highest rates of preterm births. India has the highest rate of preterm births in the world, with 3 519 100 million preterm births. Nigeria is in 3 rd place with 773 600 preterm births and Indonesia is 5 th place with about 675,700 preterm births.
Develop and deliver sustainable global interventions that improve access to maternal and child healthcare services now and for future generations. This vision is anchored on the first four United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We champion in cost-effective health care interventions for women and children in both developed and developing countries. Our passion is to create a world where all children have the opportunity to live and grow to reach their highest potential.
TO PREVENT, TREAT AND PROVIDE CARE FOR PRETERM BABIES.
The main focus of our mission is to prevent, treat and provide care for preterm babies.
We intend to use delivery of care packages which offer pre and postnatal care, strategic medical
interventions, rehabilitation and maintenance; to intervene and increase the chances of survival of
preterm children in our focal countries.
Universal coverage of effective interventions will be delivered by integrating care and building a comprehensive and responsive health system.. This will be done by a combination of well-defined polices and strategies, to improve home care practices and health care services by building on new and existing programmes and packages.
Prevention, treatment and care of pre-term babies using effective clinical (WHO)l and community-based interventions.
Reduction of neonatal mortality through providing high quality services for premature babies and their mothers.
Connecting the household to hospital continuum of care: bringing care closer to families and families closer to care
Offer high quality services for premature babies to ensure that their rights are protected, and their contribution is valued.
Be a key partner for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
Our hope for a better future for all children including preterm children, to realise their full potential in life, is the source of our inspiration.
We are open to the world, embrace diverse points of view and celebrate the differences that create stronger, more dynamic, and successful societies.
The best possible outcomes are achieved with the active involvement and inclusion of children, young people, their families and our staff and volunteers.
The commitment of our staff and volunteers to make the best use of resources enables us to help children, young people and their families across the UK.
We are a team of professionals with diverse backgrounds and expertise in maternal and child health. Our team comprises of doctors, nurses and public health practitioners working at Global, national level and sub national level across countries.
The L&M Foundation will be using a three pillar approach which will be direct and indirect, for evidence-based and impact-focused.
Will entail working with hospitals to provide continuous care following WHO and government guidelines, community and family-based approaches as per the SDG protocols and finally, peer group support for children and young people.
will be carried out through local partners which could be the countries’ government approved NGOs and/or local primary health care programmes.