This is just a really quick note to let you know about two things.
First, I want to tell you a brief story - which actually has nothing to do with midwifery or women's health! The photo that you are seeing her is of Karen, a delightful young girl from an outlying community where our midwives work. Karen and her parents have given us permission to share her story. Karen is suffering from a neurological condition which has caused the muscles on the right side of her face not to function well, as you can see from the photo.
What is the point of the story? Well, it is that Karen has never seen a doctor for this condition because her family has no money to pay for transportation or consultations. However, the midwife in her community identified the child and correctly diagnosed what was going on; subsequently she referred her directly to our subspecialty clinic, where she is now receiving care. Midwives matter, not just because they deliver babies, but also because they are the health safety net for everyone in their communities!
Second, I wanted to let you know that GlobalGiving is having a Matching Funds Campaign on June 12. Because we are a "Superstar" ranked organization, this means that all donations to any of our projects on June 12 will be matched 50%! You can see the list of all of our current projects here. Pass the link on to your friends and colleagues!
Thanks as always for your amazing support and interest in our work.