As the year comes to a close, Team VSI is busy wrapping up the year-end activities and reflecting on the progress and impact of our work in 2011.
Our work in Mozambique has been highlighted with stories of women and providers who have made a difference to our work. They are the example of how simple and innovative medical solutions can make an everlasting impact on families and entire communities. Mama Maria is such an example. As both a mother living in rural Mozambique and a traditional birth attendant (TBA) she is the embodiment of our work to save lives and improve women’s health. Her informal training in childbirth, passed from generation to generation, is a vital component of our program to equip TBAs, like Maria, with life-saving misoprostol. Since the start of our program in Mozambique, VSI has educated a total of 2,675 providers on the provision of misoprostol for management of excessive bleeding after childbirth and emergency postabortion care. This means more women and mothers will have the support and protection that they deserve. On a recent trip to Mozambique Mama Maria explained the value of such a simple tool, “We are so thankful. Before we had the tablets, our mothers would die. Now, we can stop the bleeding before it is too late".
As we look ahead to 2012 we promise to stay focused on reaching women where they are. With your support, we will continue to bring health solutions like misoprostol tablets to more hard-to-reach communities to make pregnancy and childbirth safer. We are actively working with the government on plans to scale-up our program to reach more mothers in need. Your partnership in our efforts to improve the lives of women in places where the need is greatest means a lot to us. We hope you will consider renewing your valued contribution. Together we are stronger and can achieve more.
For more information on VSI, read our recently published Biennial Report, covering programmatic activity and achievements during 2009-2010. The Report encapsulates the mission-driven work of our organization to improve women’s health by increasing access – access to health technologies and essential care.