The last few months have been our busiest of 2013, with the maternity and neonatal unit often overflowing! It's incredible to see the number of women and babies being given excellent care at the hospital you support.
In fact, we have some great news! A few years ago, 75% of women were giving birth at home without any medical support in Haiti, placing women and babies at great risk! Thanks to projects like ours, that number has now fallen to 63%! In financially difficult times, where we often wonder where our donations go, we hope you'll be encouraged by this. However, whilst this shows the positive progress, its still a number which we want to dramatically reduce.
99% of maternal deaths still happen in the developing world, and everyday 800 women die due to child birth. This Christmas, we've launched a special appeal called 'A Royal Birth', with Downton Abbey star, Laura Carmichael (who plays Lady Edith). She became our patron and visited the hospital in Haiti last month! Laura said 'What the hospital have created here over the passed seven years with HHA is nothing short of extraordinary. Their maternity ward and an overflowing neonatal unit, (one of the very few units to support premature babies in North Haiti) saw over 5000 women, children and babies last year. World Health Organisation representatives recently stated it is one of the best in the country.'
However, despite the impact being made, we're struggling to keep this unit open! That's why we've launched the Royal Birth Campaign. If 1,000 individuals or groups could each raise £200 ($320US) this Christmas, we'll be able to keep this critical work open for another year, and give mothers and babies a safe birth this Christmas. Please join with us and Laura Carmichael, as we seek to fulfil this critical need. Please make a donation today and visit our special website: www.aroyalbirth.org
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