Saving Kenyan Mothers Lives at the Community Level

 
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Dec 14, 2011

Remembering those we have reached

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.

Our work in Kenya 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.  This year we met two mothers, Jacinta and Irene, who are such examples.  Each mother has her own story of childbirth; each had to overcome her own obstacle.  Irene delivered twins by herself, on the floor of her home. Jacinta, while walking to nearest facility miles away, delivered her baby boy on the side of the road.  But luckily, both women had hope for a safer childbirth. As part of VSI’s program in Kenya, three misoprostol tablets were given to Irene and Jacinta during a prenatal counseling visit.  This meant that both mothers were protected against deadly hemorrhaging that kills an estimated 2,500 mothers each year.   

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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Colleen O'Connor

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