At the heart of My Baby’s Village is our Pacific infants, children, mothers, fathers, carers and families.
We are a growing collective of cross-sectoral organisations, community groups, NGOs, health providers, churches, and community champions working together to do more to bring about positive and long-lasting change for the health and wellbeing of our Pacific families.
For Pacific peoples, family and community are central and closely tied to a person’s sense of identity, health, and wellbeing. In the same way, MBV approaches the care, health, and wellbeing of the child and family holistically. To care for the child, we must also care for the mothers, fathers, carers, and families. Equally important is the need to consider the varying socioeconomic and cultural influences, including lived experiences of our Pacific children and their families.
MBV values the elevation of Pacific world views, Pacific ways of working, and approaches that work for Pacific peoples. We recognise the traditional and contemporary Pacific knowledge and expertise currently held within our communities and their role when working in collaboration with our communities.
Working alongside our communities is fundamental for achieving long-term change. This is why community activations that support ACTION, determined and led by our communities and families, are another significant lever towards caring for our children and their families.
We believe that investing in solutions by and for the community will have a more significant impact.
We also acknowledge that MBV is not a complete solution. Still, it can be one way of improving health and wellbeing outcomes for our Pacific infants, children, mothers, fathers, carers, and families.