Improving the Health of Moms and Kids in Lesotho and Uganda: One Pair of Shoes at a Time

Improving the Health of Moms and Kids in Lesotho and Uganda: One Pair of Shoes at a Time

{Photo credit: Katy Doyle/MSH, Lesotho}Photo credit: Katy Doyle/MSH, Lesotho

For more than three years, TOMS Giving (TOMS), and Management Sciences for Health (MSH) have partnered to address critical health and social issues facing mothers and children in rural sub-Saharan Africa.

Together, MSH and TOMS have helped nearly 1,000,000 moms and kids in Uganda and Lesotho stay healthy.  

How are MSH and TOMS ensuring a successful partnership? Utilizing complementary innovation and expertise toward aligned social impact goals. TOMS is known for their innovative One for One® philanthropy model—for each pair of shoes that is purchased in higher-income countries, TOMS provides a pair of shoes for a child or caregiver in need—one for one. But often times, the logistics of providing these shoes in rural areas in Africa can be daunting. That’s where MSH comes in: For over 40 years, MSH has helped build locally-led, locally-run health systems in over 130 countries, including among the poorest and most vulnerable populations in some of the hardest-to-reach regions of the world.

In Uganda, MSH leveraged shoes generously donated by TOMS as an incentive to increase demand for reproductive health, child survival, and nutrition services in 15 districts. The concept is simple. When a mother or caregiver visits the clinic to receive vaccinations or take advantage of reproductive health services or postnatal care, she gets two pairs of shoes—one each for herself and her child. By July 2014, MSH, TOMS, and community partners had provided shoes to more than 900,000 moms and kids and increased access to health services through the USAID-funded STRIDES for Family Health Program in Uganda.

{Photo credit: Katy Doyle/MSH, Lesotho}Photo credit: Katy Doyle/MSH, Lesotho

In Lesotho, HIV & AIDS has had a devastating effect, especially on children—leaving nearly 300,000 without parents. Through the USAID-funded Building Local Capacity for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa Project (BLC), MSH and TOMS provided 42,000 pairs of shoes to orphans and vulnerable children to improve the quality of their lives. These new shoes not only helped prevent infections, they increased school attendance and made children feel “happy” and “proud”. As one child said:

I used to go to school without shoes but now I can boldly stand in front of everyone without fear; nobody will laugh at me. I now have shoes like everybody.

{Photo credit: Katy Doyle/MSH, Lesotho}Photo credit: Katy Doyle/MSH, Lesotho

Together, MSH and TOMS are leveraging innovation, expertise, and aligned visions, helping each other progress toward social impact goals, and helping countries have greater health impact.

Get involved

Through May 21, "One day without shoes," TOMS is offering a way that you can help right away through social media: Post a picture of bare feet on your public Instagram profile with hashtag . TOMS will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need. It’s that simple. (Learn more about TOMS "" campaign.)

{Photo credit: Katy Doyle/MSH, Lesotho}Photo credit: Katy Doyle/MSH, Lesotho

{Photo credit: Tadeo Atuhura/MSH, Uganda}Photo credit: Tadeo Atuhura/MSH, Uganda

Julie O’Brien and Rachel Hassinger contributed to this content.

Related

Read more about MSH and TOMS shared value impact in Lesotho

More about impact of partnering through USAID's STRIDES for Family Health in Uganda

 

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Eliana L.
¡Fantástico, felicitaciones a MSH y TOMS!

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