Women who reside in rural areas in Africa are not privy to western conveniences like a health clinic, a doctor or nurse, or even electricity. Many mothers deliver their babies at home with the help of a family member or midwife. But the risk of complications, specifically hemorrhaging which is the leading cause of death, is high. Tanzanian women unfortunately have a 1 in 24 lifetime risk of dying from maternal causes. Their deaths are unacceptable and preventable.
A solution exists that comes in the form of a simple, affordable and easy-to-use tablet called misoprostol. When a mother takes three life-saving tablets immediately after the baby is born, it can effectively prevent excessive bleeding. A preventative dose is amazingly low in Tanzania– $1.00.
For essentially pennies, a mother’s life can be saved. Thousands of women's lives can be spared by making misoprostol available through local businesses in rural Tanzania and by training frontline providers like midwives, nurses, traditional birth attendants -even the mothers themselves - to use these tablets.
In the next nine days, VSI has an opportunity to increase our impact. Global Giving is launching a generous matching campaign this Tuesday, October 12th which will run through the following Thursday, October 21st. Every donation made to this project will be matched by Global Giving. Make your dollar, which is the cost of this life-saving medicine, stretch by giving a gift through VSI to support our mission and help us reach the women most in need.
No matter where you live pregnancy and childbirth should be a cherished and joyous experience, not one of fear. Thank you to our committed donors who share this belief and our dedication to making maternal health an equal right no matter where you live.
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