In some parts of the world, women have to walk an average of 8 miles to reach the nearest public health facility, even during labor.
Too many health centers in low-income countries lack the basic medicines and supplies needed to prevent maternal deaths.
About 35% of pregnant women
in developing countries do not have contact with health personnel prior to
$35 can provide essential antenatal and delivery supplies to care for one woman in Karatu, Tanzania.
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“GROWING UP IN RURAL AREA OF BANGLADESH I HAVE WITNESSED A LACK OF ACCESS TO BASIC MATERNAL CARE FOR THE WOMEN IN MY AREA. I WANTED TO CHANGE THAT. THAT’S WHY I ESTABLISHED HOPE FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN OF BANGLADESH WITH A MISSION TO TO SERVE UNDERSERVED WOMEN.” -DR. IFTIKHER MAHMOOD, FOUNDER, HOPE FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN & CHILDREN OF BANGLADESH
Every Mother Counts supports HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh. HOPE Foundation works to provide comprehensive pregnancy, postnatal, and newborn care, access to emergency care, health education, and community outreach in rural Bangladesh.
"It is indisputable that investing in legal education and empowerment strategies makes a real difference in the lives of women.” - Sukti Dhital, co-founder,
Every Mother Counts supports Nazdeek in training activists and lawyers to document maternal health violations and develop grievances and lawsuits to demanding increased access to quality health, nutrition, and other critical services.
(Photo: Nazdeek co-founder, Sukti Dhital)
"What makes me happy is seeing babies being born, helping women in the community, and to see their children grow up healthy." - María Azucena Fuentes Díaz, President, Association of Midwives of the Mam Speaking Area (ACAM)
We support two community-led programs on the ground in Guatemala:
Our work with Association of Midwives of the Mam Speaking Area (ACAM) in Concepcion Chiquirichapa, Quetzaltenango helps provide comprehensive healthcare through their birth center and mobile clinics, as well as training to improve the midwives’ clinical skills and administrative capacity.
Our work with Asociación Corazón del Agua in Guatemala City supports the training of Indigenous midwives to serve the districts with the highest maternal mortality rates, with a 3-year professional university program that incorporates Indigenous traditions.
(Photo: María Azucena Fuentes Díaz, President, ACAM)
75% of Haitian mothers give birth at home, without a skilled birth attendant or access to emergency obstetric care. We support two community-led programs on the ground:
Our work with Midwives for Haiti supports the training of skilled birth attendants, a community birth center, and helps provide emergency transportation.
Our work with Foundation for Advancement of Haitian Midwives (FAHM) provides training and continuing support for Haitian midwives to help ensure their success and impact.
"THESE MAMAS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES HAVE SO MANY GRAVE PROBLEMS. THEY DON'T KNOW THEIR RIGHTS; THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I DECIDED TO START WITH RCH [REPRODUCTIVE AND CHILD HEALTH] BECAUSE AT LEAST WE CAN HELP SOME OF THEM." -JOYCE NGOWI, NURSE AND REPRODUCTIVE & CHILD HEALTH COORDINATOR AT FAME
We support three community-led programs on the ground in Tanzania:
Our work with FAME (Foundation for African Medicine) helps provide comprehensive pregnancy and delivery care, including emergency care, training of health workers, and education for moms and families in Karatu.
Our work with MWEDO (Maasai Women Development Organization) helps Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) identify and manage complications and provide quality obstetric care through a community clinic.
Our work with Ujenzi Charitable Trust helps train health workers in Dar es Salaam and surrounding areas to use the Uterine Balloon TamponadeTM (UBT) to treat postpartum hemorrhage, a leading cause of maternal death.
(Photo: Joyce Ngowi, a nurse and Reproductive & Child Health Coordinator at FAME)
"THERE IS NO EARTHLY EXCUSE FOR NOT STANDING WITH EVERY MOM, EVERY TIME, IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE, UNTIL WE CHANGE THESE OUTRAGEOUS OUTCOMES THAT HAVE PLAGUED OUR COMMUNITIES FOR DECADES.” - JENNIE JOSEPH, FOUNDER, CEO, AND MASTER MIDWIFE, THE BIRTH PLACE/COMMONSENSE CHILDBIRTH
We support two community-led programs on the ground in Florida and New Mexico:
Our work with Commonsense Childbirth helps improve access to high-quality, respectful prenatal care and education for low-income, at-risk mothers in central Florida.
Our work with Changing Woman Initiative supports outreach, data collection, and program development for the first Native American birth center in the U.S. that will provide culturally relevant, compassionate care in the Pueblos of New Mexico.
(Photo: Jennie Joseph, Founder, CEO, and Master Midwife, The Birth Place/Commonsense Childbirth)
On average, women in rural Uganda have to travel at least 8 miles to reach the nearest public health facility, and often do so by foot—even while pregnant or in labor.
Every Mother Counts is working with Baylor Uganda to develop a sustainable program to help communities save for emergency transport and other health costs. Our work with Baylor Uganda also supports the provision of motorcycles for each village.