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World Mental Health Awareness at OneMama

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“We must bring the issue of mental illness out into the sunlight, out of the shadow, out of the closet, deal with it, treat people, have centers where people can get the necessary help.” – John Lewis

 

 

The topic of mental illness is one close to OneMama.org founder and CEO, Siobhan Neilland’s heart, “A OneMama family member close to me has a mental illness and has struggled with depression and Bipolar Disorder their whole life. It’s been a life-long battle and the results have been hard – from communicating her feelings to those close to her, harming herself, and putting herself in dangerous situations. All scenarios that have greatly impacted me and the people around her. When I think of mental illness I have such a strong emotional response to it.”

Since 1949, May has been designated as Mental Health Month through Mental Health America. The goal of Mental Health Month is to “reach millions of people through the media, local events and screenings.” According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) 1 in 5 Americans experiences mental illness in a given year. 1 and 25 Americans live with serious mental illnesses. Nearly 60% of adults with mental illness did not receive treatment in the previous year.

World Mental Health Day is another time in the year to raise awareness. This is a global day to recognize and bring to discussion mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma. This day of recognition first started in 1992 at the World Federation for Mental Health initiative. This year’s topic is suicide prevention. According to WHO (World Health Organization), “Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide.”

 

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Raising awareness is key to understanding mental health issues, and OneMama team is amongst those world organizations trying to help.

Siobhan and I had an in depth conversation about how mental health greatly affects our OneMama family members and donors – whether that be because they are struggling with it personally or they are connected to someone who has a mental illness. In discussing with OneMama members here are some candid thoughts that came up.

Where do you find yourself in this conversation?

“Her behavior at times was selfish. Everything became all about her and not the people around her. Everyone had to spend a lot of time and energy to help keep her from harming herself.” – OneMama donor who has a family member with mental illness

“At times it feels like a trap for all those involved. The person living with the illness and those that love and care for the person.”

“I constantly question myself. Am I patient enough? Do I have the ability to help and support? Am I helpful.”

“As my family member has aged her symptoms have lessened, which I have learned is pretty normal. Our interactions have shifted and this has taken a lot of time to adjust to.” – Family member of someone living with schizophrenia

“There are so many confusing things around mental health. I desire nothing more than to be mentally healthy.” – OneMama member living with mental illness

“Living with someone with bipolar disorder has come with many challenges. I was even learning bipolar behavior… this was confusing.” – Family member of someone with bipolar disorder

 

Visual of Mental Health

 

If you or someone you know are struggling with mental illness, or even if you just want to understand more about the illness, please contact Mental Health America.

 

Learn how you can help notice the signs and help someone with mental health issues:

Please join OneMama to encourage the understanding of the scale of the mental health issues around the globe and how each of us can play an important role to help prevent it.

 

OneMama Recommended Resources

25 Quotes Everyone With a Mental Illness Should Hear

Celebrities Join Child Mind Institute to Advocate for Mental Health Awareness

15 Ways To Support a Loved One with Serious Mental Illness

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Clean water is a Universal Human Right. Here’s how OneMama is helping facilitate that.

According to Water.org -  25%  of the Ugandans do not have access to clean water, and 80% of the people do not have adequate sanitation. The major source of freshwater for the people of the Kayunga District, home to the OneMama Health Clinic and Birthing Center, is the Nile River as well as fresh water sources from rain. It is estimated that only 25% of the people living in Kayunga have access to clean water.  As Siobhan Neilland, Founder of OneMama, explains, “There are a few private borehole wells on people’s private property but there are not community wells for broader community access to fresh water. There is a real need for more boreholes, rainwater catchment systems and a water filtration system to provide the community with access to clean water.”

With a population of about of about 27,000, providing the people of  the Kayunga District with clean water is a critical health issue. According to the World Health Organization, at least 2 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with feces. Contaminated water can also transmit illnesses and diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. Contaminated water is estimated to cause 502,000 diarrhoeal death each year, and it is the number one source of most infections. Using and drinking unsafe water is one of the leading causes of death in Uganda. And it is estimated that 4500 Ugandan children die each year due to not having access to clean water and proper sanitation. Dehydration and malnutrition causes diarrhoeal illnesses- a leading cause of death in young children.

It is well established that access to clean water is one of the most important steps in preventing the spread of contagious diseases. It’s critical to effectively treating the sick, caring for mothers and newborns, as well as preventing the spread of disease among the general population. Siobhan Neilland explains, “Many of patients come to the clinic with waterborne diseases from either washing their food or their clothes in the Nile River.” OneMama is raising funds to provide the Kirindi Parish of about 8,000 to 10,000 people with a mix of water wells (boreholes) and purified water catchment systems. Siobhan Neilland explains, “We are pushing for this program and project to decrease the waterborne illnesses impacting the OneMama Health Center community.”

According to the World Bank, “Water security is among the top global risks in terms of impact.” It’s a full blown crisis. “It is a crisis of ‘too much’, ‘too polluted’, and ‘too little’. ‘Too much’ because of the devastating impacts of floods, exacerbated by climate change is hitting poor people first and worst. ‘Too polluted’ because so much wastewater does not get collected or treated. And ‘too little’ because across the world 2.1 billion people lack reliable access to safely managed sanitation services. All the while, water scarcity could cost some regions up to 6% of their GDP, spur migration, and, in the extreme spark conflict.” It’s is a major issue for much of the developing world, and the Kayunga District is among the areas in desperate need of reliable sanitation and access to clean water. 

According to the World Health Organization, water “is also an integral part to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which OneMama has committed to achieving. The world will not be able to meet the sustainable development challenges of the 21st Century without improving management of water resources and ensuring access to reliable water and sustainable services.” For the province of Kayunga, creating a reliable water management system that provides the local population with access to clean reliable water and sanitation is a major priority. OneMama is committed to making sure that the local population has access to clean water and proper sanitation a priority. The best way to stop the spread of diseases is prevention, and it starts with clean water.  

 

Join OneMama in raising funds for water catchment systems, boreholes and water filtration systems to ensure that every person in the Kayunga District has access to clean water. Donate to our clean water fund. 

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Have you heard the incredible news?! OneMama.org has officially been granted ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) Consultative Status with the United Nations!

We have been hinting at our new ECOSOC role within the UN for several months, so we want to get down to the details of what this means for OneMama and what it means for YOU.

“Being granted Consultative Status gives us the opportunity to drive policy for human rights in whole new ways.”
    – Siobhan Neilland, OneMama founder

This will allow us to influence decision-makers at the highest international level by delivering statements, participating in negotiations and holding side events at the UN.

Our contributions at United Nations events, like the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which we have attended the past several years, will be far greater than ever before. Having consultative status means we get to provide expert analysis on issues directly from our experience in the field. OneMama will be able to help monitor and implement international agreements, raise public awareness of relevant issues, and even have access to the Human Rights Council as observers.

The United Nations has a long history of collaborating with NGO’s, and by having an official seat at the table we will be able to distribute our information and advocacy work directly to the policy makers.

But that’s not it, and I think I saved one of the best details for last…

We get to take a delegation with us to the CSW!

In the next few weeks, we will be announcing how you can apply to be a delegate, representing OneMama at the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City in March 2020. Be on the lookout!

These are inspiring times and we look forward to sharing with you more as our partnerships grow. Thank you for the support over the past several years, we are excited to continue our work on the global stage.

 

Click Here to learn more about what ECOSOC is:
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en

Click Here to learn about ECOSOC 2019 goals:
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2019-6

Click Here to learn about how OneMama is directly helping towards ECOSOC 2019 goals for sustainability:
http://blog.fightingforyourjoy.com/onemamas-pledge-to-the-united-nations-sustainable-development-goals-sdg

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OneMama.org World Photo Day  #WorldPhotoDay

For World Photo Day, we are asked to share our world with the world through a photo. The world that is OneMama can be expressed in so many ways, by so many pictures. So I decided to share this wonderful giving world with you through a picture an hour for 24 #WorldPhotoDay photographs celebrating OneMama. Enjoy!

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There is a crisis brewing, and it’s about women’s access to birth control around the globe.

Due to cuts in funding, NGOs and pharmacies are struggling to provide African women with effective birth control.

Enter a pharmacy in Uganda, for example…

You will see shelves full of condoms that nobody wants to use. And pills women can’t use for safety reasons.
Yet the contraceptive shot? Nowhere to be found.

This is the reality the women of Kirindi face right now. It is representative of a crisis rippling across the entire developing world.

OneMama.org‘s Founding CEO, Siobhan Neilland, explains, “The pharmacies are not stocked up with adequate birth control. We spent the last 10 years working to ensure that women had access to birth control, specifically, the birth control shot because it is safer for women to use due to domestic violence issues, and it is now difficult to get a hold of.” Since the Global Gag Rule passed in 2017, access to contraceptives has become a challenge.

It is a real crisis that is not getting a lot of attention. And it’s having a dire impact on African women, specifically.

 

Since the introduction of contraceptives by the OneMama Clinic in 2009, the birth rate in Kirindi steadily declined. But in the last year, it has started to rise again.

Siobhan explains, “When I first arrived in Kirindi, we were averaging ten to twelve deliveries a month, and then with the introduction of contraceptives and education around family planning, it gradually decreased to an average of four births per month. In the last year, it has risen to an average of five births per month.”

What’s happening in Kirindi is a microcosm example of a problem rippling across developing nations.

“When you take away women’s rights to birth control and family planning, you increase their poverty and decrease their power.”

Uganda Birth Clinic

Sarah Boseley, health editor at The Guardian recently wrote, “The effects will be felt most keenly in the tiny, front line clinics run by small NGOs struggling to help women and children in crowded townships, refugee camps and remote rural villages. There are no abortion doctors in such places (in most African countries, abortion is banned unless the woman’s life is in danger). These clinics instead offer contraceptive injections and condoms for those who struggle to feed their numerous children. But they also treat children for malaria and malnutrition and their mothers for HIV. This integrated care is now under threat.”

Siobhan reflects, “When you take away women’s rights to birth control and family planning, you increase their poverty and decrease their power.”

Access to birth contraceptives is the first step in women’s empowerment and poverty prevention. When that access is threatened or curtailed, it is an assault on women. And it is poor women who suffer the brunt of the attack because they already lack access to resources.

OneMama Clinic - Births on the Rise

Whether they are in the US or in Uganda, the poor are marginalized, and their access to power is limited.

 

In Melinda Gates’ new book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, she writes, “It took us years to learn that contraceptives are the greatest life-saving, poverty-ending, women-empowering innovation ever created.”

Unplanned pregnancies create obstacles in the path to economic security for women. Raising children requires an enormous amount of resources, time, and care-giving. A woman’s ability to work and pursue an education are challenged in developing nations where multiple children are the norm and poverty is widespread. Additionally, women are forced to take on the majority of unpaid labor. Women face further restrictions through domestic violence, sexual assault, and abuse, which are prevalent in places such as Uganda. Furthermore, women are still unable to own property in rural Uganda. It is not uncommon for women to face beatings by their partner if they get caught taking birth control pills. This is one of the reasons contraceptive shots are so popular among the women. They are able to conceal their use of birth control from their partners preventing physical violence from their partners.

Gates writes, “In my travels, I’ve learned about hundreds of millions of women who want to decide for themselves whether and when to have children but they can’t. They don’t have access to contraceptives. And there are many other rights and privileges that women and girls are denied.”

From ending domestic violence to ensuring the education of girls to economic empowerment, access to birth control is the single factor that makes all of that possible.

 

Siobahn Neilland explains, “We see that when women lack access to birth control, it directly affects OneMama’s economic and sustainability programs. Women drop out of our programs due to the onslaught of obstacles created through unplanned pregnancies.”

Contraception is the grounds for economic empowerment. Access to birth control allows women to postpone childbearing and to take up previously unattainable education and career options. In a largely Agrarian society such as Kirindi, the ability to space out pregnancies allows women’s bodies to recover before returning to the grueling work of farming. Otherwise, they go from pregnancy to pregnancy while working in the field with no time to recover physically or financially.

OneMama’s mission, in part, is to provide access to contraception for the local women the OneMama health center serves. Women’s economic progress benefits society as a whole.

Contraception has arguably been the most liberating technology for women. It is the key to self-determination for women. It empowers them economically to be able to take control of their destiny as men have always been able to do and take for granted.

 

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Kathryn Kaufman, the Managing Director for Global Women’s Issues at OPIC, wrote: “Full sexual and reproductive health rights are a key factor in achieving women’s empowerment. We know that when we can choose whether to have children and how many children to have, their lives are improved. They are more likely to participate in the labor force and more likely to stay in school longer. They increase their earning potential… My own experiences and the overwhelming research data on the topic have convinced me that women must have full sexual and reproductive health rights to have full control over their lives.”

Stigma to Contraceptives Uganda Africa

There is also cultural resistance to condoms, they carry a stigma. For many Ugandan women, there is a negative stigma associated with condoms because of their role in HIV prevention. Using a condom is considered to suggest that your spouse is unfaithful. The contraceptive shot is practical, convenient, and doesn’t have a negative stigma. It is the preferred method of birth control among many women in developing nations. Yet, access to the shot in recent years has been restricted. And we are starting to see birth rates rise again due to this restriction.

According to the Center for Global Development, “Development is about more than improved living standards or a better quality of life. It is being empowered to make choices about one’s own life.”

Self-determination for women begins with reproductive rights, and the struggle to achieve gender equality is global.The solution begins with access to contraception. 

 

Gates writes, “How can we create a moment of lift in human hearts so that we all want to lift women up? Because sometimes all that is needed to lift women up is to stop pulling them down…When we lift up women, we lift up humanity.”

 

We here at the OneMama Health and Community Center feel that if we can empower every woman and her family in her maternal health choices, it changes the life of each baby born and also changes the mothers’ ability to be a working economic sustainable community member. This changes the emotional, physical and economic dynamics of what each child is born into, as well as the family as a whole. Thus impacting a community to become thriving as a whole over time. Creating a holistic approach of looking at the family and community seems to always start with the girls/women who will become the mothers of that community. The next thing is to give them the tools they need. The number one tool is birth control. 

Donate directly to OneMama.org’s Birth Control Program here: https://onemama.org/product/donate-birth-control-contraceptive-project/

OneMama is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and your donations are tax-deductible.



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