Support HOPE's Mothers' Clubs in Bangladesh

by Hope Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh
Vetted
Mothers
Mothers' Club In Session

For most women, pregnancy and childbirth are extraordinary life events that bring about joy and excitement.  But in many parts of the world, especially in rural areas like Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, pregnancy and childbirth are events that can bring about disease, injury and even death, unfortunate instances that many of us in the developed world, will never have to deal with, or even think about. 

Without adequate and accurate information, complications in pregnancy and child delivery are more likely to occur.  To educate members of the community, raise awareness, dispel myths, and promote health, HOPE Mothers’ Clubs (MCs) were formed and have developed a strong presence and growing following in the area.

You can see from the photo one of our MCs in action (along with some of their children), discussing the importance of antenatal and postnatal care! These are just a couple of the topics that our mothers are able to freely speak about, as they are in the safe and welcoming environment of an MC gathering.

The knowledge that Mothers' Club leaders and members are sharing in the community have been instrumental to HOPE's success.  As a result of their dedication and hard work, HOPE has been able to provide over 400 antenatal care checkups.  Your understanding and generosity are what enable these Mothers' Clubs to spread vital health information and encourage others in the community to seek healthcare and in turn reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 

Nur
Nur's Post-natal Care Check-up

Dear HOPE Supporter,

Thank you for donating to this critical project. Our Mothers' Clubs are helping us to spread the word about pregnancy care services they can receive for free at HOPE Hospital. This project was made possible by our partner, where we provide comprehensive antenatal care, diagnostic services, access to a skilled delivery professional and neonatal care. Our goal was to reach 1,000 women in 15 months but our Mothers have been so instrumental in raising awareness of this project that we have raeched 980 women in just 9 months! We wil continue the project as it is so essential that women receive adequare pregnancy care and we could not be more thrilled at the success of the project thus far. We have our Mothers' Clubs to thank for this. 

Thank you for your dedication to improving women and childrne's health in southeast Bangladesh. 

Sincerely,

Ashley Pugh

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Mom with Sleeping, Growing Baby
Mom with Sleeping, Growing Baby

Dear HOPE Supporter,

There is an abundant amout of knowledge that new mothers require, but fail to have access to such information when living in remote communities with little use of skilled health professionals and while engaging in cultural practices that go against accepted healthy behaviors. One of the most significant pieces of information that new mothers need is that their newborn should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. Exclusive breastfeeding has the potential to bring down infant motality rates by almost 10%, which is significant for a country like bangladesh where stunting and malnutrition is rampant among children under 5.

This is where HOPE's Mothers' Clubs come in. We don't need to have new mothers come to the hospital to learn these valuable concepts; we can employ the trusted mothers who lead their communities to educate their family, friends and neighbors. When mothers learn the importance of exclusive breastfeeding they don't just adopt the practice themselves but pass it on to their community members and daughters which creates a true behavior change. Our Mothers' Clubs truly save lives with the information and awareness they spread.

Thank you for your support.

Best Regards,

Ashley Pugh 

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Expectant Mother Receiving Care
Expectant Mother Receiving Care

Dear HOPE Supporter,

Reaching women in need of critical care, in the most remote of areas, is always our focus. From finding obstetric fistula patients to enrolling women in our safe delivery program, we rely on our rural networks to help us reach those that would otherwise never be reached. Our HOPE's Mothers' Clubs have now joined a Village Provider Network, consiting of village pharmacists that will now be educated by HOPE and receive discounts on services for their patient referrals, to help us cast a wider net. Already we have seen an increase in fistula patient referrals and increase participation in our special maternal health programs, as a result of this growing rural network. Our Mothers' Clubs are working side by side with these village pharmacists to deliver critical health knoweldge and direct people in need to where they can receive proper, affordable health care. Thank you for your continued support.

Best Regards,

Ashley Pugh

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First Time Mother Receiving an Ultrasound
First Time Mother Receiving an Ultrasound

Dear Friend of HOPE,

Thank you for supporting HOPE's Mothers' Clubs, an integral component of our outreach work. I want to share with you what they have been up to recently. We just began a project to provide 1,000 women with antenatal care and to ensure safe delivery for all of the mothers. In addition to providing them services, we are additionally providing counseling and educational support so mothers are given the knowledge they need to keep themselves and their babies safe and healthy. Our Mothers' Clubs have been tasked with creating awareness in the rural villages regarding this project, and going door to door to pregnant women's homes to let them know what care is available to them. The Mothers' Clubs further let the pregnant women understand why it is important to receive proper care during their pregnancy. This is especially important for first time mothers and the younger women in the community who are not aware. We are particularly grateful for the work of our Mothers' Clubs working tirelessly on such critical initiatives. Thank you for your support of this project and for helping women gain access to services and knowledge to keep their families healthy.

Sincerely,

Ashley Pugh

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Location: Miami, FL - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.hopeforbangladesh.org
Project Leader:
Iftikher Mahmood
President
Miami, FL United States

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