According to World Health Organization (WHO) data, 800 women die every day due to complications from their pregnancy. Appropriately, 75% of these deaths are preventable. The loss of a mother has a long lasting devastating effect on each family. Our #1 goal is to lower the number of mothers dying during pregnancy. This is also the #1 target of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goal for health: to reduce maternal morality to less than 70 per 100,000 babies born alive
Mothers have a central role in the healthcare of their families. This role starts with the first pregnancy and eventually translates to the entire family. Not only do they control the diet of the household. Their instinct to prevent her child from getting sick makes them the primary provider of preventive healthcare, first for the baby, then for the entire family. Our goal #2 is therefore to strengthen them by educating them effectively. We aim to equip them with all the “know how” they need to excel in this role.
Goal #3 is for both high quality care and the training of mothers to remain in place long after the project and its missions are over. We do so by “building capacity through knowledge transfer”, meaning: we train midwives, skilled birth assistants, nurses and other health workers and help them establish all systems needed lto maintain excellent care and education for mothers.