As the year comes to a close, Team VSI is busy wrapping up the year-end activities and reflecting on the progress and impact of our work in 2011. In the final quarter of 2011, VSI built upon its previous training efforts and trained 392 providers in Zanzibar to use life-saving misoprostol tablets. Since our project’s inception we have provided training to 2,531 providers in the country, but more work is to be done in the islands.
Through the years our work in Tanzania has been highlighted with stories of women and providers who have made a difference to our work. They are the example of how simple and innovative medical solutions can make an everlasting impact on families and entire communities. Monaisha and her daughter Ramla are such examples. As a mother living in a remote and rural area of Tanzania, Monaisha knows the dangers of childbirth and laments the obstacles that force pregnant women to deliver at home, by themselves. As a program beneficiary, Monaisha swallowed her three tablets after the birth of Ramla, thereby protecting her against deadly hemorrhaging. Knowing the tablets’ benefits firsthand, Monaisha shared, “Since misoprostol came into my community, we have not seen a mother die. It will be very important to have in the health facility."
As we look ahead to 2012 we promise to stay focused on reaching women where they are. With your support, we will continue to bring health solutions like misoprostol tablets to more hard-to-reach communities to make pregnancy and childbirth safer. Your partnership in our efforts to improve the lives of women in places where the need is greatest means a lot to us. We hope you will consider renewing your valued contribution. Together we are stronger and can achieve more.
For more information on VSI, read our recently published Biennial Report, covering programmatic activity and achievements during 2009-2010. The Report encapsulates the mission-driven work of our organization to improve women’s health by increasing access – access to health technologies and essential care.
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