Free Medical Access for Teenage Mothers, Bulgaria

by Trust for Social Achievement Foundation
Free Medical Access for Teenage Mothers, Bulgaria
Free Medical Access for Teenage Mothers, Bulgaria
Free Medical Access for Teenage Mothers, Bulgaria
Free Medical Access for Teenage Mothers, Bulgaria

Dear Friend,

In the last three months, almost 50 young mothers, pregnant women and babies were examined in the center. If we add to that number the 189 checkups made in the past year, we will see how important for the disadvantaged moms and pregnant teenage girls is to have a medical center in the neighborhood where they can receive advices from pediatricians and gynecologists. It did not happen once or twice but because of the existence of this center babies’ and mothers’ lives were saved.

Because of you, hundreds of families already have access to basic medical services. Your money helps us not only maintain the medical center, but also it helps us pay the visits and the additional checkups of those who are uninsured. The center is the first to provide care to uninsured patients in this Roma neighborhood and it makes all the difference to those people in need.

We could have not accomplished all of these without you, our donors, and supporters. On behalf of the women and children whose lives you have touched, and from our team, we thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts. You are a true blessing.

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In the present situation, basic health care is beyond the reach of many families, partly due to lack of health insurance, partly because of the pandemic. Since the beginning of the year, the medical center is operating at full speed. In the last months many checkups were made – monitoring of pregnancy and medical examinations during pregnancy, general gynecologic evaluation and pediatric examinations…one life was saved as well.

I believe, now is the time to share with you another story from the real life in this neighborhood.

Dani is a pregnant girl from Fakulteta and like many others there she is uninsured. And that stops her from receiving the necessary medical care for her and her unborn baby. Our medical team met Dani when she was in her 5th month of pregnancy. In the beginning she was skeptical and afraid to go to the medical center but after few conversations she agreed on being examined…And that saved her baby’s life. One of the doctors identified a risk for the fetus and referred the young girl for emergency treatment. Dani received the necessary help and continue caring her baby. The little boy was born healthy 3 months after.

This story shows the importance of having a medical center in the neighborhood where the mothers and their babies receive lifesaving advices from our pediatric and gynecologist.

Dani, her son and the many others like them need your support,so please don’t let them down. We know there are so many good charities that will seek your help and you should know how honored we are when you choose to make a girt to our cause.

Thank you!

Olya

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Dear Friend,

“She is now healthy and safe. Thank you, doctor. said Trayanka, one of the many teenage moms visiting the medical center in Fakulteta. Her storyis not an exception. She is only 18 now but already has a 3 months old baby. Since she was a little girl, Trayanka was abandoned by her parents and the only family member that took care of her was her aunt. Later on she got married and pregnant with the age of 17 but then Trayanka was left again this time by her husband. Her story would be even more tragical if the doctors didn’t find on time that her baby was sick and needed a special medical care. After receiving some firstaid the baby was sent to one of the biggest hospitals in Sofia where she received a proper treatment. After few weeks both the baby and Trayanka came back home. The little girl is now under the care of the pediatric in the medical center in Fakulteta happy and healthy.

This story shows the importance of having a medical center in the neighborhood where the mothers and their babies receive advices from our pediatric and gynecologist. In such situations not the days but every minute counts.

The medical center is the only source of medical counselling for many uninsured, disadvantaged mothers who lack access to the Bulgarian healthcare system. And we are forever grateful of your support!

Olya Georgieva

Project Leader

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In December last year Trust for Social Achivement in partnership with the Health and Social Development Foundation opened the first medical center in the history of Fakulteta neighborhood to provide prenatal care. At the time two doctors started examining pregnant women, young mothers and babies. In March we successfully added one more doctor licensed by the Regional Health Inspectorate and presently, two pediatricians and one gynecologist are working on monthly shifts. The center is fully operational after successfully passing the control visit of the National Health Insurance Fund.

Besides providing the patients with free medical checkups, one of the doctors also works on preventing unplanned pregnancy by inserting contraceptive coils.

We estimated that the health center will be able to provide care to about 250 mothers and infants in the coming year, and now are happy to inform you that just for the first three months of its existence, 96 young mothers, pregnant women and babies were examined already there.

The medical center isoperating at full speed and therefore still needs YOUR support to cover supplies and maintenance of the premises.

Together we will make sure that no child or pregnant woman is left behind!

PLEASE DONATE NOW!

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A year ago we shared with you the story of 18-year-old Maria and her baby girl Anna who only had access to medical services through a volunteer midwife visiting their neighborhood once a month. Maria dropped out of high school after she found out she was pregnant and now lives with her partner and four other family members in a small ramshackle house in Fakulteta, Sofia’s poorest and most marginalized neighborhood. Home to nearly 35,000 Roma, according to some NGO estimates, there are only three registered doctors providing services in the neighborhood. None of them attend to uninsured mothers.

We are happy to announce that since December 2019, hundreds of families like Maria and Anna’s have access to basic medical services in a newly opened health center in Fakulteta. The center, the first to provide care to uninsured patients in the neighborhood, became a reality thanks to your generosity and the partnership between the Trust for Social Achievement and the Health and Social Development Foundation, which has provided vital services to the community for 20 years and has operated a local daytime community center since 2017.

With the support of more than 100 private donors from Bulgaria, the USA, the UK and India, we succeeded in raising nearly $19,000 and purchased vital pre and post-natal medical equipment. We estimate that the health center will be able to provide care to about 250 mothers and infants in the coming year, and no mother, child or pregnant woman in need will ever be refused a medical checkup, regardless of insurance status.

Experts say that the first thousand days provide a rare opportunity to dramatically change the life outcomes of a child. In particular, access to health education and basic care results in significant gains in life quality for both mother and child. Mothers are more likely to carry their pregnancies to term and bear healthy babies, while infants are less likely to suffer neglect and abandonment. Mothers who receive medical counseling wait longer before subsequent pregnancies and are more likely to seek employment and provide care supporting their child’s emotional and physical development. Improved access to care also leads to better school readiness, reduced dependence on social welfare and decreased criminality.

The medical center still needs YOUR support to cover supplies and maintenance of the premises. Together we can make sure that no child or pregnant woman is left behind!

PLEASE DONATE NOW!

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Trust for Social Achievement Foundation

Location: Sofia - Bulgaria
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Project Leader:
Olya Georgieva
Sofia, Bulgaria
$20,606 raised of $70,000 goal
 
158 donations
$49,394 to go
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