Policy Paper: Mother and Baby Unit in the Islamic Context

A child in a baby home in Sudan, a country which is very vulnerable to climate change

Publication details

Author(s): Hope and Homes for Children
Date: June 2021
Themes: Islam, Alternative Care, Gender inequality, AIDS

With particular attention to lower income countries, this paper examines the mismatch between children’s needs and the realities and long-term effects of residential institutions. Evidence presented in this paper indicates that the number of orphanages is increasing, particularly in countries impacted by conflict, displacement, AIDS, high poverty rates or a combination of these factors.  

The paper examines available evidence on the typical reasons why children end up in institutions, and the consequences and costs of providing this type of care compared to other options.  It concludes with a description of better care alternatives and recommendations for policy-makers.