Improving the economic well-being of individuals has a direct effect on the health of the community. Parents with greater economic opportunities are able to provide nutritious food, a safe environment, and medical care for their children.
These factors contribute to the physical and emotional well-being of children as they grow and develop. Ekam helps to create livelihood opportunities that focus on sustainability, building up local communities, and promoting healthy living.
Mothers were having a difficult time holding their babies for a long time without support. In collaboration with local women, Ekam staff designed a simple cotton baby sling to be sewn and distributed. The sling provides a solution to mothers with low birth weight infants.
With the sling, the babies receive prolonged skin-to-skin contact and frequent breastfeeding. This project provides work to local seamstresses while solving a local healthcare issue.