Infant Rescue Project
The Infant Rescue Project (IRP) focuses on rescuing infants whose mothers have died during childbirth or shortly thereafter. This problem is far too common in the villages of Malawi due to disease, HIV infection, inadequate medical assistance, or a mother’s severe malnutrition.
Sadly, these infants typically suffer from persistent malnutrition after birth, which results in a suppressed immune system. Surviving infants are often abandoned to die, or a close relative tries to provide for the baby but cannot take on the financial burden of caring for another child. This often results in the infant being passed around to other relatives, further depriving them of a stable and nurturing home.
The Infant Rescue Project aims to change this by delivering formula and high protein food supplements, distributing clothing, and providing regular healthcare visits for each infant. The Community Health Network also conducts regular visits to share the gospel and provide encouragement and instruction to the infant's guardians and their families.