To launch and implement 2 new programs in 2006:
1. Universal Monitoring Scale - a program designed to measure child development in five areas: social/emotional; cognitive; gross motor; fine motor; and communication/language. The goal is to track progress so that any developmental delays can be corrected whenever possible. The CCF developmental scale has been piloted in 16 countries, and will be adopted as a global CCF program.
2. First aid training program for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) - the purpose of this program is to help save the lives of mothers and newborns during delivery in rural areas of Central and South America where hospitals are not accessible. CCF will pilot first in Honduras and then other Latin American countries a program to train Traditional Birth Attendants on how to handle life-threatening risks that occur during childbirth. Once the program is found to be successful, it will be duplicated in CCF programs worldwide.
For the Universal Development Scale, CCF found that many programs do not help parents and specialists realize if a child is not reaching expected milestones. Thus problems that could be corrected early in life go undetected, making it difficult for the child to succeed in school. For the First Aid Training of Traditional Birth Attendants, CCF is recognizing that most life threatening problems occur during childbirth and that attempts to identify at risk mothers and unborn babies are unsuccessful prior to the childbirth experience, when it is too late to see professional help. Training traditional birth attendants in ways to cope with problems during the birthing process and immediately after will ensure the survival of mothers and babies.