A HOME VISITING PROGRAMME STORY OF RESILIENCE
As part of the Home Visiting Programme, the primary healthcare professionals in Fushe Kosova embarked on yet another journey to support families in need. This time, their destination was the home of a resilient mother who recently welcomed two bundles of joy into the world – Jasin and Nasip, born on the 5th of November, 2023.
As the nurses immersed themselves in this new chapter of the family’s life, their role transformed into that of guardians, not just for the twins’ wellbeing but also for the physical and emotional health of their mother. During the check-ups, every aspect of Jasin and Nasip’s growth and development received meticulous attention.
Our goal was clear –leave no stone unturned when it comes to the care of these little miracles. – expressed the nurse Nerxhivane Tërnava.
During these visits, the Home Visiting nurses observed a concerning complication affecting the mother postpartum, which resulted in her experiencing hypertension. Recognizing the urgency, they promptly recommended a specialist consultation. Without hesitation, the mother sought professional help .
Thanks to the thorough care and immediate action taken, the mother is now on the path to recovery. The collaborative efforts of the Home Visiting nurses and the mother’s proactive approach in seeking professional help played a pivotal role in addressing these health concerns efficiently.
Beyond the realm of physical health, our nurses extended their care to the emotional and nurturing aspects of motherhood. The nurse, not just a healthcare provider but a trusted guide, shared essential insights about the profound significance of breastfeeding for both the mother’s well-being and the optimal growth of the twins.
Home Visiting Programme transcended its role as a routine service, transforming into a lifeline of support for a family navigating the landscape of early parenthood.
Each visit became a chapter in a story of resilience, care, and a commitment to the health and wellbeing of both mothers and their newborns.
Home Visiting is a programme of the Ministry of Health, implemented by the Primary Health Care facilities and supported by UNICEF in partnership with Action for Mothers and Children, through the financial support of the Government of Luxembourg. The programme aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children, pregnant women and families through provision of support at home.
With two visits delivered throughout pregnancy and five visits for children 0-3 years of age, the Home Visiting programme supports families on applying the best practices for a healthy development of a child, including the regular vaccination, and enables early identification of undiagnosed childhood conditions, developmental delays, and other vulnerabilities. From December 2022, the Home Visiting programme is implemented in all the municipalities of Kosovo.