Our ambition is to improve the health of 1 million mothers and children in low and middle income countries. This contributes to SDG 3 - ensure healthy lives and promoting well-being for all. Impact of our efforts are a healthy pregnancy and a good first 1000 days of a child. Because it is proven that a child’s development in the first 1000 days of its life can impact its health and well being over the course of its lifetime. A healthy first 1000 days begins before conception and runs till an age of 2,5 years.
TNO develops new knowledge, tools and evidenced based interventions. In close collaborations with partners in the field we implement integrated sets of solutions. Our main partners are the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Simavi and Bernard van Leer Foundation. At the moment we work in Ghana, Indonesia and Suriname.
Our core areas of work
Family planning - the key to healthier families
Evidence shows that effectively educating young people about preconception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and childbirth positively impacts their choices about reproductive health and prevents teenage pregnancies. With 'Pregnant, Yes or NO', TNO offers a low-cost, low-threshold programme (pdf) that engages students in a clear, open discussion about their sexual and reproductive health, choices and responsibilities.
Check2gether to save lives
Once a woman conceives, she may encounter complications that put her health – and her unborn baby’s life – at serious risk. With a few simple tests, support and guidance, a vast number of negative outcomes can be prevented. Check2Gether (pdf) are two programmes in one.
The Check2Gether Kit contains inexpensive, easy diagnostic tools that any healthcare worker can use to test for the most common high-risk conditions. Check2Gether Group Care is a safe and nurturing environment in which expecting mums can learn, ask questions and support each other. The proven method improves pregnancy outcomes and mother and child health, especially in underserved populations.
BoB: Mental Health programme in South Sudan
TNO and partners support South Sudanese children to cope with the consequences of psycho trauma by storytelling, a self-made buddy and a picture book.
D-score; milestones that make a difference
Every infant is expected to experience the same growth and development milestones in the first years of its life. But in every country, those milestones – and a child’s ability to reach them – vary greatly. Unless all children are measured in the same way, some children may be left behind.
Development score (D score) (pdf) and JAMES are two technological innovations that plot a child’s development on a graph, to be compared with other children in the region, the country and the world. They allow parents, healthcare workers and global organisations to focus attention on the children who need it most.
D-score: a measure of child development
The D-score, developed by TNO is selected as the international standard by WHO for integrating measurements on child development.
Digital Parent Support Service
Digital Parent Support Services provides insights and support to the regions that need it most. At TNO, we use our child health expertise, technological knowhow and smart algorithms to ensure that data is available to healthcare workers when it's needed through smart applications and platforms. It gives healthcare providers the tools to offer accurate advice with fewer resources.
Strengthen children’s resilience
In low and middle income countries, children from 0 till 18 years old often don’t have access to interventions that enhance their resilience and mental health. Contributing factors are a lack of resources and trained professionals, poor mental health literacy and limiting access to evidence-based solutions.
To strengthen resilience, TNO develops innovative, affordable, and easy to implement evidence-based interventions for children from 0 till 18 years old and caretakers in developing countries all over the world .
Group care for mothers and their partners
Group care is a proven method to improve health of mothers and babies. TNO and partners start implementing group care in 7 countries.
Yvette FlemingFunctie:Senior Business Developer
My name is Yvette Fleming working as Senior Business Developer for Child health and Innovation for Development. I am passionate about co-creating knowledge and innovations with all stakeholders (target group, public and private sector, funders), translating into practical concepts (business cases), prototype and bringing to scale.
Iris EekhoutFunctie:PhD, Statistician
I work as a statistician at the unit Healthy Living & Work, where I conduct innovative research in methodological, statistical and societal topics. I work on innovative measurement for early child development (D-score), efficient measurement solutions, such as adaptive testing, dynamic web-applications and visualisations of statistical information, analyzing reliability and rater agreement, multiple imputation, longitudinal and multilevel analyses.
Jolanda KeijsersFunctie:Sr Business Consultant
I work on translating social issues into integral cooperation and multi-party co-creation (public, private and citizens). Focused on the development, application and evaluation of innovative (technological) solutions and with the goal of a life as healthy and happy as possible with equal opportunities for all. My focus right now is TNO's positioning in the City Deal Healthy & Happy Cities.
Mariska Klein VeldermanFunctie:Senior researcher
Olivier Blanson HenkemansFunctie:Research scientist
I am a senior researcher in the field of human-computer interaction, with a focus on promoting health. My goal is to help youth stay healthy by creating user-friendly digital innovations that can be widely used. I focus on understanding users needs within their specific environments and collaborate with various stakeholders to find the most valuable and effective solutions.
Paula van DommelenFunctie:Senior scientist and statistician
Dr. Paula van Dommelen is a senior scientist and statistician. Her main focus has been on the development of technological innovations and data science to protect and improve child health worldwide. This includes the development of innovative statistical, personalized child health care applications, frameworks for decision support systems, youth health care guidelines, implementation strategies, and research on mental and physical child health.
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