Maternal and Child Health Work

Health Promoters Help Women Access Cervical Cancer Screening in Haiti

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Adeline Beris and Yolette Jean work as health promoters for a clinic in Haiti that screens women for cervical cancer, a crucial step in reducing the number of women who die from the disease. This screening and training program was set up through Direct Relief’s partnership with Basic Health International (BHI) and Fondation St. Luc in an effort to equip […]

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Life-Saving Midwife Kits Delivered in the Philippines

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  One thousand babies will be born safely in the Philippines with help from a delivery of 20 Midwife Kits to skilled midwives working in typhoon-affected areas. In collaboration with the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP), Direct Relief has placed the kits at birthing centers throughout the Visayas that were directly affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) and are […]

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Inspiring Moms of May: Mother Robin Answers the Call to Protect Pregnant Women

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Moms matter. Throughout the month of May, we will regularly honor mothers around the world who inspire us. Today’s story comes from Yayasan Bumi Sehat’s medical relief camp in Dulag, Philippines.  Robin Lim is an internationally recognized midwife known for the life-saving work of her Indonesian-based nonprofit, Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation).  Also known as Ibu (Mother) Robin […]

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Inspiring Moms of May: Top Midwifery Graduate Saves Lives in Sierra Leone

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Moms matter. Throughout the month of May, we will regularly honor mothers around the world who inspire us. Today’s story comes from the Makeni School of Midwifery in Sierra Leone.  Last April, Marie T. Sheriff graduated from the Makeni School of Midwifery in Sierra Leone. She graduated at the top of the class of 66 midwives who were all thrilled to […]

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Honor A Mom by Giving A Safe Birth This Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day begins with a safe birth. But the first day of life is the most dangerous for mothers and their newborns. Each year, over 287,000 women die from complications – one every two minutes – during pregnancy or childbirth and more than 1 million babies die in the first day of life. Many of these lives could be saved with the help of […]

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Fighting Childhood Malnutrition in Cambodia

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At nine months old, Sokhem* (pictured right) was admitted to Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC), a longtime Direct Relief partner located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. He suffered from both severe malnutrition and pneumonia. His mother had passed away after his delivery and Sokhem went to live with his grandmother, who was not able to afford baby formula after his first four […]

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