Mothers in Lesotho, courtesy of mothers2mothers
Mother’s Day in the U.S. was this past Sunday. The weekend was dedicated to celebrating all the amazing women in our lives, and we got flowers, went to brunch, and reveled in our families' health and well-being. Because you supported the Million Moms Challenge Fund, you know that for many mothers around the world, days like Mother's Day just don't happen. But progress is being made. Just today the UN announced that maternal mortality in developing countries is down.
So let’s take a look at how the Million Moms Challenge has been impacting mothers in the developing world.
In rural Africa, mothers walk for miles to meet with health workers who can provide them with essential health care services, including prenatal visits and vaccinations for their children. It is heartbreaking when the health workers don’t show up. In the past year, Riders for Health established a new professional driving school in Kenya. The school offers training courses that equip health workers with necessary skills in riding and driving to ensure that they have the capacity to reach more mothers, more often. When barriers due to distance and a lack of transportation are removed, health workers are mobilized to identify potential problems early and to provide women with the information and resources needed to have a healthy pregnancy.
Nokodwa lives in South Africa in a township outside Cape Town called Khayelitsha. She is HIV-positive. For Nokodwa, Mother’s Day isn’t just about flowers or candy, it’s about life—hers and her children’s. The organization mothers2mothers trains and hires mothers to be Mentor Mothers. Mentor Mothers provide knowledge, guidance, and support to HIV-positive mothers, all of which are integral to helping mothers just like Nokoda to have healthy babies and to stay alive to raise them. Nokodwa is now a Mentor Mother herself and strives to bring the gift of life and hope to other women.
Every day is Mother’s Day.
We invite you to join us in honoring the incredible moms around the world who strive selflessly to have a healthy pregnancy, a safe birth, and a baby who will survive and thrive. You can learn more about being a part of the global community of moms here!