Project Keep a Mother Alive
Healthy Children Need Healthy Mothers.
The most dangerous thing a woman can do in the developing world is become pregnant.
Ensuring the survival of mothers is a human rights imperative and an international development priority.
They are the world’s breadwinners and bread-makers, they are caretakers of homes and caregivers of children, they grow economies and promote peace and justice. But others cannot thrive unless they survive, and one of their greatest hazards is childbirth.
When a mother dies, her children are often left to fend for themselves. It’s hard to overstate the vulnerability of an orphaned child in the developing world. Orphans quickly lose any social standing, and if relatives take them in, an orphan child is often undervalued, pulled from school, and sent into the fields to work. If relatives are not nearby, orphans live on their own in a child-headed household. They become responsible for generating income and raising younger siblings with dwindling prospects of survival.
Since our founding in 2006, we have worked closely with Bishop Asili Hospital in rural Uganda to significantly reduce maternal mortality by investing in life-saving infrastructure, medical and diagnostic equipment, ambulances, and the professional educational development of medical staff. We have also invested in health outreach clinics for remote communities who would otherwise not have access to medical care.
Our program has provided life saving interventions for over 5,000 mothers and their children, all through pre-natal care, health education, and community outreach. By focusing on treatment and prevention for malaria and HIV/AIDS, we’re combatting two of the biggest causes of death in rural Uganda.
A surgical facility staffed by highly-trained physicians now awaits a mother in any form of distress. An ultrasound machine is now enabling doctors to diagnose quickly, and allowing a mother to see her healthy baby’s heart beat. A generator is keeping the lights on when electricity goes out and is ensuring the hospital can keep blood and medicines safely stored at the right temperatures.
Villages served by Bishop Asili Hospital
Direct services provided to
Bishop Asili Hospital patients
Total Lives impacted Consistently by Bishop Asili Hospital Through Insurance Plans
*12,277 Direct and 33,850 Indirect
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Medical complications from pregnancy are the leading cause of death among girls ages 15 to 19 worldwide.
A woman dies every two minutes from childbirth, and 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries.(USAID)
In Uganda, 310 mothers die for every100,000 births. In the U.S., 21 mothers die for every 100,000 births. (CIA Factbook)
If more mothers were attended at birth by skilled health professionals, with essential supplies, equipment and facilities, maternal deaths could be reduced by 60%.
3 in 4 women needing care for obstetric complications in developing countries do not receive it.(USAID)
A woman in sub-Saharan Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy or childbirth, compared to a 1 in 4,000 risk in a developed country – the largest difference between poor and rich countries of any health indicator.(UNICEF)
80% of maternal deaths could be averted with access to maternity and basic health care.(USAID)
How you can keep mothers alive:
$10 | Healthcare for 1 Mother
Community Education, HIV testing and Outreach for one mother.
$100 | Healthcare for 10 Mothers
Community Education, HIV testing and Outreach for ten mothers.
$500 | Invest in Hospital Staff
Advanced education and training for doctors, technicians and nurses so they can perform in advanced, life-saving surgeries.
$3000 | Invest in Hospital Equipment
Invest in hospital equipment like an x-ray machine that will serve hundreds of mothers and thousands of community members.