First Lady Karume and VSI's Dr. Ndola Prata
This summer at the 2010 Women Deliver Conference held in Washington, DC, VSI was honored to receive recognition from the First Lady of Zanzibar for our safe motherhood program on the islands of Zanzibar that form part of Tanzania.
During the three-day conference which united over 3,000 policymakers, women’s advocates and health care professionals from over 115 countries, new technologies to save and improve mothers’ lives were highlighted including misoprostol tablets as an effective method to prevent bleeding after childbirth. At a special meeting, VSI’s Medical and Programs Director, Dr. Ndola Prata, accepted a gift from First Lady of Zanzibar, Mrs. Amani Abeid Karume, as recognition for VSI’s role in improving maternal health through the introduction of misoprostol to manage postpartum bleeding in Zanzibar. In this intimate gathering where women were highlighted as the social and economic heart of villages, both VSI and First Lady Karume pledged their support and commitment in broadening awareness and availability of this life-saving technology so more mothers’ lives will be saved. To date VSI has trained 497 midwives and other primary health care providers on misoprostol for women’s health on the islands of Zanzibar.
We share this recognition and gift with our generous contributors who not only share our commitment to preventing mothers from dying in childbirth but help make this work possible