Dear HOPE Supporter,
As we begin an exciting new project providing safe delivery and pregnancy support to rural women in Cox's Bazar, our Mothers' Clubs are more active than ever. HOPE Hospital staff consulted with members of our clubs to recruit pregnant women from their villages who would, due to financial, transport, or traditional reasons, give brith at home at the hands of untrained birth attendants. They futher wouldn't understand the need for antenatal care, and most certainly would not see it as necessary for the health of themselves or their baby. As it stands today, 284 women have been enrolled to receive maternal care they are desperately need. Our efforts are greatly supported by the Mothers' Clubs who spread our messages, counsel their fellow community members and encourage better health for their communities. We are cotninuously greateful for the success our Mothers' Clubs contibute to in every project.
In our last Mothers' Club Meetings, the objective was to provide antenatal care to expectant mothers who are otherwise either unable to pay for ANC care or are unaware of its importance. During one Mothers' Club meeting, HOPE staff were able to not only register 7 new expectant mothers into our database to follow their progress and provide care as necessary, but also conducted their first antenatal care service. Dr. Shoaib, HOPE's Hospital Director spoke of the importance of receiving antenatal care and the complications that can arise for mothers and baby the services are not sought. Dr. Shoaib further enlightened the mothers on the top preventable diseases the local children are suffering from and what they can do to protect their children. I was there at the meeting and found the mothers to be greatly interested in receiving the information; it was obvious they were retaining the information as they repeated back the information to Dr. Shoaib and answered questions on previous knowledge they had. It was a great learning experience for all. Thank you for your continued support of this ever-increasingly important project.
HOPE Foundation is very excited to begin our new maternal health projects set for 2014 as well as continue our impactful established projects. As always, our Mothers' Clubs will be instrumental in implementing all maternal health projects. This year HOPE Foundation will be adding on to our obstetric fistula program. A grant from Henry E. Niles will allow us to begin an entrepreneurship program to train a group of HOPE's fistula patients who endured great social and financial struggle while they were living with fistula, in seamstress skills as well as help support them with business skills and supplies to start their own businesses. Our Mothers' Clubs will help with the recruitment of fistula survivors, advertising of the women's businesses and raising awareness. A second grant from Dining for Women will allow us to build and train a specialized fistula team to do more repair surgeries per year as well as reach more women. Our Outreach Coordinator will be working with the Mothers' Clubs to provide presentations and deliver education about fistula during their community sessions. The Outreach Coordinator will furthermore work with the Mothers' Clubs to recruit patients, counsel current patients in their communities and reintegrate patients to their respective villages after successful fistula surgery. Our Mothers' Clubs have increasingly critical roles in all of our maternal health projects and we are grateful to you for your continued support. We look forward to updating you on how these projects progress throughout the year!
HOPE’s Mothers’ Clubs have been very busy these past few months! In October the California-based organization Resurge International visited HOPE Hospital and conducted 28 reparative surgeries on burn victims in the communities in which we serve. It was our Mothers’ Clubs who tirelessly searched among their communities for patients and talked with the families to assure them that not only would they be at the hands of excellent doctors but that also disabilities and physical disfigurements would be greatly improved upon! We could not thank our mothers enough for their continued support in helping us to reach those most in need of care.
October 2, 2013 marks World Vision Day, and HOPE Hospital did not want to miss out on this important initiative. We invited members of our Mothers’ Clubs and community women leaders to join us for a workshop teaching them on eye care. Our mothers in attendance returned to their villages to educate the rest of the Mothers’ Clubs and conduct their own educational workshop to the mothers residing in their community. HOPE’s mothers also brought to HOPE Hospital patients who were suffering from vision problems or eye conditions so that they could receive free care on this successful day.
HOPE’s Mothers’ Clubs continue to support every mission we pursue and we are constantly grateful and admired at their pursuance of healthier communities and families.
Thank you for your continued support.
HOPE's Mothers' Clubs continue to be at the forefront of all of our projects, helping HOPE Foundation push forward into territory others cannot access. Our Mothers' Clubs continue to gain more responsibility for assisting in HOPE's projects, particularly HOPE's Obstetric Fistula program. The Mothers' Clubs are essential for HOPE to continue locating women who are candidates for obstetric fistula surgery as these women are truly difficult to find. They are hidden in the shadows and forced to live an isolated life due to the shame and embarrassment they bring upon their families resulting from the constant leaking of urine and feces. Other organizations are unable to identify these women because it is taboo to discuss them in the community. HOPE's Mothers' Clubs are not only working to educate themselves and their neighbors about what Obstetric Fistula is and how to prevent it, but are providing HOPE unique access into some of the most remote regions in order to take us to those women who really need help. They are assisiting HOPE to bring these women out of the dark and into a better life where they enjoy healing and reintegrating into their communities.
HOPE has come to continuously rely on the help from our Mothers' Clubs to publicize our campagins and raise awareness for our specialized care projects like cleft lip and palate. Without them those that are most in need would never hear about the work we are doing and would miss the opportunity to be given a second chance. HOPE is determined to keep establishing additional Clubs in order to reach never before accessed villages and bring quality healthcare to those who are unable to afford it.
HOPE's Mothers' Clubs will be instrumental for our upcoming specialized care camps in Obstetric Fistula and Cleft Lip/Palate so stay tuned!
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