WE ARE ADDRESSING THE BARRIERS TO MATERNAL HEALTH AROUND THE WORLD & AT HOME

THE BARRIER TRANSPORTATION

Many women live miles away from healthcare providers and facilities, with extremely limited access to transportation.
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THE CHALLENGES
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Most women live at least 5 km from the nearest healthcare facility.
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Poor road conditions and nonexistent or unreliable public transportation make travel difficult and unsafe.
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The cost of reliable transportation is often prohibitively high, preventing women from traveling for pre-natal care or delivery.
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Emergency care may be 40km or more away and ambulances are rare. Women who make the long trek to a provider often lack a safe place to stay forcing them to return home.
THE SOLUTIONS
Providing transportation vouchers to connect women with health care providers for prenatal care, delivery and postnatal care
Providing mobile technology and cell phones to help communication during pregnancy and childbirth
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Bringing healthcare workers to rural communities
Developing maternal waiting rooms closer to healthcare facilities
Providing affordable and culturally appropriate transportation options: bicycle ambulances; motorcycle sidecars; taxi driver participation
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Our Impact On The Ground
UGANDA
BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

THE BARRIER EDUCATION

Skilled attendance at all births is considered to be the single most critical intervention for ensuring safe motherhood.
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THE CHALLENGES
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A lack of educated and skilled attendants at birth accounts for 2 million preventable maternal deaths, stillbirths and newborn deaths each year.
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There is a need for 700,000 more skilled birth attendants globally.
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In the United States, there is 1 doctor for every 390 people. By comparison, in Tanzania, there is 1 doctor for every 50,000 people.
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222 million women in developing countries want, but don't have, access to modern contraceptives.
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4 out of 10 pregnancies in developing countries are un-intended
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Women who do not receive prenatal care are 3-4 times more likely to die than women who do.
THE SOLUTIONS
Training skilled birth attendants through established training programs
Task shifting: a process of delegating and educating lower level healthcare providers to safely perform some of the tasks currently conducted by doctors and nurses
Providing access to family planning and education around contraception, follow-up and adjustment
Educating women on the risks of HIV, STIs, and other indirect causes of maternal mortality and treating those cases where possible
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Our Impact On The Ground
HAITI
PARTNERS IN HEALTH & MIDWIVES FOR HAITI
USA
COMMONSENSE CHILDBIRTH

THE BARRIER SUPPLIES

Health centers and caregivers lack the basic supplies and equipment necessary to do their jobs.
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THE CHALLENGES
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In a subset of sub-Saharan African countries, only 22-46% of hospitals have running water and electricity.
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In many parts of the world, women must bring or pay for their birth supplies including gloves, a sterile barrier, sterile razor, soap and other basics.
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Many providers lack basic medicines or storage for these items. They also lack medical equipment and reliable power to operate it.
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Traditional “landline” communications networks are rare in many developing countries.
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Most developing countries have rapidly expanded cellular communications access although users still can face the challenge of charging the phone or paying for minutes.
THE SOLUTIONS
Access to solar power can help in places that lack an electrical grid, providing access to lights for night deliveries and charging basic equipment and phones
Providing basic supplies and equipment can help providers better do their jobs. It is important that these efforts be locally appropriate and that recipients receive the training and access to service assistance they need to keep any equipment working properly
Basic supplies or “mama kits” can help increase the number of women who will seek out a trained provider
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Our Impact On The Ground
INDONESIA
BUMI SEHAT
MALAWI
WE CARE SOLAR
DOLLARS RAISED
$2,970,000
ACTIONS COMPLETED
8,666,573
LIVES IMPACTED
400,000