Tanzania (Zanzibar included) has the sixth-highest number of maternal deaths in the world and is the fourth-highest in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Tanzania, a woman dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. We all know that maternal survival is closely linked to child survival. The same conditions that cause death and illness in pregnant women also result in death and illness in millions of newborn babies. Furthermore, threats to a mother’s life also jeopardize the survival of her other children under five.
We all understand that maternal, neonate and child deaths are contributed by limited access to quality health services, poor referral systems, inadequate equipment and supplies, and inadequate funding envelope for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. Moreover, there is a shortage of skilled obstetricians to make deliveries safe, and babies and their mothers remain healthy.
Together with our local partner Al-Sahel Foundation we agreed that the long-term objective of the project is to reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality among children and mothers.
We are happy to announce that we started working in Malawi. We are going to reduce child and maternal mortality through optimizing access to safe birth, obstetric and neonatal care in the rural areas.
In Malawi, many women die every year during pregnancy and childbirth as a result of conditions that could have been prevented or treated. Women living in rural areas, women with disabilities, and those who are less educated, have the least access to skilled attendance at delivery.
Within the project we will focus on training local health care providers, providing lifesaving resources and community outreach and health education for mothers, improving access to care for women in rural settings.
Period poverty means a lack of funds to purchase basic hygiene items such as sanitary pads, tampons, and soap, no access to toilets and running water, and no basic knowledge about hygiene during menstruation.
What does this mean for girls in Tanzania?
Period poverty is very common in African countries. It has a destructive effect on school-age girls who, due to the lack of sanitary pads, do not go to school during menstruation, which causes dropping out of school and, consequently, the end of education.
Either period or school.
Teenage girls who do not go to school are forced into premature marriages, which leads, among others, to unwanted pregnancies and complicated births. In this way, the lack of sanitary pads prevents girls from graduating from school, and thus – to a better life.
What is our solution?
We provided sanitary pads and soaps to school-aged girls in Moshi, Tanzania. Together with a local partner, Buhemba Village of Comfort Foundation we conducted educational sessions on the menstrual cycle, practices, and myths related to hygiene during menstruation.
If you are not afraid of taboos topics and you would like to improve the quality of life of girls in Tanzania, you’ve in the right place.
Help us to fight period poverty! There is still much to do!
In Sierra Leone, not all the children get the privilege of going to school, and of those who are lucky to go, many reach the school without shoes, clean uniforms, and lack school supplies. Without the necessary school supplies, bright young minds lack the quality of education that they need to thrive academically. Too many young people with high potential turn to destructive rather than constructive paths for themselves and their community.
Together with our local partner Make Our Leaders Foundation, we have reached out to hundreds of people with great hearts who made financial and material donations. We collected thousands of kilos of school supplies, classroom furniture, clothes, toys, and much more in primary and secondary schools in Poland. Students showed great heart, commitment, and empathy towards their peers in Sierra Leone. We have collected a full container of donated items.
We have received a multitude of books and school supplies, clothes, school furniture, and we are so grateful for the outpouring of generosity, however, due to the expensive cost of shipping these wonderful books and supplies are sitting in our storeroom instead of in the hands of the kids that desperately need them. This fundraiser will cover the cost of shipping a full container full of school supplies to Sierra Leone.
Collected items will not reach our beneficiaries in Sierra Leone without your help. We would like to kindly ask you to provide financial assistance to ship the container to children in Sierra Leone.
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In traditional Maasai communities, women rarely give birth in hospitals. Usually, childbirth takes place at home, in the presence of a traditional midwife and female relatives. Maasai midwives equipped with knowledge and experience passed down from generation to generation, know very well how to take care of a mother and a newborn baby. What they lack are medical tools that would ensure better hygiene and avoid infection. That is why we visited Lesoit village, where women gladly accepted our birthing kits.
These beautiful women in the photos below sewed reusable sanitary pads for our teenage beneficiaries in Moshi, reducing the problem of menstrual poverty in the region. Maasai women do not have much opportunity to earn their own money and are often completely financially dependent on men. We are glad that we were able to support women’s economic independence.
Maternal and child health in Mali remains among the poorest in sub-Saharan Africa for many reasons. Limited access and adoption of family planning, early childbearing, and short birth intervals are among the major reasons. Other important factors are FGM, infrequent use of skilled birth attendants, and lack of emergency obstetrical and neonatal care.
Despite these statistics, many important changes are taking place to improve maternal and child health in Mali. We are pleased to work with Adama Konta, our country coordinator and field specialist, in order to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in Mali.
In some remote areas of Tanzania, children are being born in conditions that are hard to imagine in the age of modern medicine. Thanks to our donors, we could at least partially change this dramatic situation. Together with our local partner Buhemba Village of Comfort Foundation we met the staff and patients of the hospital in Arusha, Tanzania, supplying them with MAMA KITs that protect against infections during childbirth. We have also arranged basic medical examinations.
The Tanzanian health care system is divided into the public and private sectors, but regardless of the facility in which a woman decides to give birth, she always bears the costs of the used disposable items. Many women just can’t afford it. Left without a choice, they are forced to give birth at home, without the care of a qualified midwife, which is very risky and dangerous both for a mother and a newborn.
Distribution of MAMA KITs and additional equipment to the hospital increase their chances of safe delivery.
Togerther with our local partner YAREN Organization we work at Kabazana Nakivale Refugee Settlement/ Isingiro District, Uganda.
Our joint projects focus on preventing sexually transmitted diseases, period poverty and other women helath realted issues.
In Tanzania, we cooperate with the Buhemba Village of Comfort Foundation.
Together, we implement projects focused on combating poverty, improving access to reproductive health, and fighting for access to water and better sanitation.
Many women die every year during pregnancy and childbirth as a result of conditions that could have been prevented or treated. In Zimbabwe poor quality of care due to an insufficient number of skilled health workers and lack of basic equipment, as well as long distances from home to health care facilities are major deterrents to facility delivery. With limited access to transportation, poor road conditions, and an under-resourced health system, many women do not receive timely, quality care. Within the project in cooperation with our local partners in Binga Hospital we will focus on training local health care providers, lifesaving resources and community outreach and health education for mothers, improving access to care for women in rural settings.
Nigeria ranks among the top countries in which women and children die during labour and in the first days of life. Together with our local partner, the Wheels of Hope Rising Foundation, we created the project “Providing a safe childbirth for mothers in the states of Oyo and Ogun in Nigeria”. As part of the project, we want to equip local medical facilities with safe delivery kits, train medical staff and provide care for mothers and their newborns. They are waiting for our help – their families are also waiting fearing the death of the mother during the next delivery. Save them with us – your donations has a power to save lives.
We started a project in one of the districts in Western Uganda with an extremely high mortality rate of mothers and newborns caused by perinatal infections.
Neonatal deaths are inextricably linked to the conditions of delivery and newborn care. Many women die every year during pregnancy and childbirth as a result of conditions that could have been prevented or treated. Poor quality of care due to an insufficient number of skilled health workers and lack of basic equipment, as well as long distances from home to health care facilities are major deterrents to facility delivery. Women living in rural areas, those who come from the poorest families and those who are less educated, have the least access to skilled attendance at delivery.
Uganda has a shortage of well-equipped, community-based facilities and trained healthcare workers. With limited access to transportation, poor road conditions, and an under-resourced health system, many women do not receive timely, quality care.
Withing the project we will focus on training local health care providers, lifesaving resources and community outreach and health education for mothers, improving access to care for women in rural settings.
Thanks to this project we will protect health and life of 10 000 mothers and 10 000 newborns.