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SAVING MOTHERS (savingmothers.org)

Toen ik voor het eerst hoorde van de Saving Mothers organisatie was dat van iemand die ik in Costa Rica heb leren kennen op een taal cursus. Geinspireerd doot die verhalen ben ik me meer in deze organisatie gaan verdiepen. Ze doen ontzettend goed werk en de vrijwilligers zetten zich meer dan 100% in. Zelfs toen ze op vakantie waren in Costa Rica bleven ze druk doende met het organiseren van volgende projecten waar nog veel voor geregeld diende te worden. Inmiddels heb ik zelf ook gedoneerd waarvoor de vrijwilligers hun dankbaarheid goed laten merken. Ik vind dit een geweldige organisatie en ik hoop dat iedereen het belang van de organisatie inziet en de vrijwilligers wil steunen. Zij verdienen het, en de mensen waarvoor zij zich inzetten verdienen het.

Het doneren aan de organisatie verloopt rechtstreeks via de site. Voor elke donatie die u maakt krijg je een bewijs thuisgestuurd. (voor de belasting eventueel). Mocht iemand vragen hebben over deze organisatie mogen deze gestuurd worden naar hans.aarts.1979@gmail.com. De voorkeur is dat vragen Engelstalig gesteld worden. Zo niet dan vertaal ik e.e.a.    P.s. aangezien ik zelf niet direct bij de organisatie betrokken ben lijkt het me leuk om te horen als iemand doneert naar aanleiding van deze post. Dan heb ik toch het idee dat ik me ergens nuttig voor inzet! Hieronder het verhaal achter Saving Mothers:

Mission Statement:

The idea for Saving Mothers came about over two cups of mocha biancas at Café Strada in Berkeley, California. While discussing the tragic fact that about ten women died of preventable pregnancy related complications while we waited to get our coffee, we wondered, “What can we do to help?” Even though the challenge seemed daunting, we concluded that by focusing on specific, addressable issues, it would be possible to make a positive impact and save lives. And with that, we set out to form Saving Mothers Research Team.

The goal of Saving Mothers Research Team is to reduce maternal deaths worldwide by researching the obstetric use of misoprostol for the prevention and/or treatment of PPH complications during pregnancy and childbirth. The organization also strives to spread awareness of maternal mortality and morbidity as well as participate in projects that promote women’s health around the world.

Maternal and Neonatal Mortality

According to the World Health Organization, a woman dies every minute from childbirth and pregnancy-related complications. This is equivalent to three jumbo jets full of women crashing daily, which amounts to over half a million deaths (536,000 in 2005) around the world every year. This problem has become so prevalent that the United Nations has declared that reducing maternal mortality by 75 percent between 1990 and 2015 as one of its Millennium Development Goals.

Approximately 80 percent of maternal deaths in the world can attributed to five direct causes: postpartum hemorrhage, blood loss above 500 mL within the first 24 hours post-partum (25%), infection (15%), unsafe abortion (13%), eclampsia (very high blood pressure leading to seizures – 12%), and obstructed labor (8%). This profound tragedy is compounded by the fact that these deaths are preventable through adequate maternal care. It is not surprising that 99 percent of maternal deaths occur in the developing world.

Every year, approximately 10 million children under five years of age die in low and middle-income countries. According to the World Health Organization, a child is at the highest risk of dying during the first month of life. These neonatal deaths make up approximately 40% of all deaths under the age of five. Thus, clean and safe childbirth and delivery are crucial to saving the lives of these newborns.

The three major causes of neonatal fatalities are preterm birth, birth asphyxia and infections. Annually, nearly four million children die during this critical first month. Studies have shown that adequate nourishment of the mother and appropriate care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period can prevent almost 75 percent of all neonatal deaths. In addition, healthy prenatal and delivery practices, immediate attention to the baby’s warmth and breathing, hygienic cord and skin care, exclusive breastfeeding and other best practices can also prevent many of these newborn deaths.

Giving mothers and children a chance to live

Fortunately, a drug called misoprostol, a prostalandin, can combat postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). This off-patent, heat-stable, low-cost and effective drug can be used to prevent and treat PPH. By investing resources in the research and market distribution of misoprostol, we can decrease the risk of maternal death by lobbying countries to register this drug for postpartum uses.

For many of these women, the formal health care system is not an option so births are often conducted at home either alone or with untrained traditional birth attendants. The country’s rudimentary medical facilities are miles away and transportation is expensive and time-consuming. By distributing birthing kits that can promote clean, hygienic deliveries, we can decrease the risk of infections (especially puerperal sepsis and umbilical cord infections) and save lives.

http://savingmothers.org

Saving Mothers’ Birthing Kit

$5 Worth of Supplies Can Prevent 2 Deaths

Saving Mothers Research Team is partnering with Ob/Gyns to provide women in Sierra Leone/Liberia with supplies needed to promote safe and healthy deliveries. The main goal of this collaboration is to distribute clean delivery kits to mothers in need and educate and empower women to use these kits effectively.

After over a decade of civil war, Sierra Leone has the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world. About 2,000 women per 100,000 live births die annually in labor and delivery. Unfortunately, the formal health care system is not an option due to money and lack of transport so 80% of the births are performed at home without the aid of health care professionals. Since infections (primarily sepsis) are one of the leading causes of these fatalities, it is important to promote clean and hygienic deliveries. Studies have shown that women using similar birthing kits were 3.2 times less likely to develop puerperal sepsis and newborns birthed with the kits were 13.1 times less likely to develop umbilical cord infections.

http://savingmothers.org/birthingkit.html

A $50 donation will help us purchase and distribute 10 birthing kits, which can help to save 20 lives.

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1 Reactie(s)

  1. Hallo,

    Ik wil even zeggen dat ik dit een superinitiatief vind en dat het superleuk dat de initiefnemers van deze organisatie je persoonlijk een bedanktkaartje sturen. Superleuk :-)

    Succes met de organisatie

    Bert van Gastel | Jun 18, 2009 | Reageer

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