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Healthy Women/Healthy Babies: Healthcare in Tibet



Tibetans of China are a culture at risk: they have among the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world...and among the lowest incomes in China, about US 15 cents/day. Although they live in pristine mountains they have little access to health care and the health care they have is poor quality. We are changing that. Partnered with the Yushu Public Health Bureau, we are training local women --Community Health Workers-- to be first responders for pregnant moms-to-be, and newborns.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

1-poverty: people earn less than US 15 cents/day -no infrastructure: no or poor roads; no phone service; no running water, no public transportation -no access to medical care. 2-doctors are far away -providers poorly trained -no such thing as early intervention. If a mother has post-partum hemhorraging, she is likely to bleed to death. 3-high infant and maternal mortality. Having/being a baby is very risky; among the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world. 4-low status of women

How will this project solve this problem?

1. Train Community Health Workers (CHWs) in the Surmang region. Train women embedded in their own villages and nomadic encampments. 2. Train CHWs in the 4 partner townships the same way they were trained at the Surmang Clinic --which has resulted in 0 maternal mortalities. 3. Incentivizing the CHWs for excellence lowers poverty; Surmang CHWs' income is 1/2 family's total. 4. By incentivizing them for record keeping, early intervention and referral/evacuation to partner township hospitals.

Potential Long Term Impact

1. Fewer families cratering due to death of mother. 2. Fewer families enduring the downward spiral of poverty to pay for exotic medical costs. 3. Fewer orphans as a result of few maternal mortalities 4. Adding to the robustness of Tibetan culture through the health and survival of Tibetan mothers. 5. Empower women.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $0
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $31,500
Total Funding Goal: $31,500

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


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Surmang Foundation

Boulder, CO, United States

Project Leader

Lee Weingrad

Boulder, CO United States

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Map of Healthy Women/Healthy Babies: Healthcare in Tibet
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