Posts Tagged Maternal & Child Health

Supporting Midwives in Somaliland

Edna Adan

  Down a bumpy dirt track nearly three hours south of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, Edna Adan and I crawl our way to the town of Baligubadle, just steps from the Ethiopian border. At the Maternal and Child Health Center in this small town, which serves approximately 25,000 in Somaliland plus those from neighboring Ethiopia, we meet Sado, a […]

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An Innovative Approach to Treat Childhood Pneumonia

Location of Liberia

As part of an ongoing commitment to strengthen access to quality Maternal and Child Health services, Direct Relief is teaming up with Last Mile Health to launch a community-based expansion of rural access to pneumonia treatment for children. Childhood pneumonia is the largest killer of children under five years of age. It is more deadly than AIDS, Malaria, and Measles […]

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Building Hope for Pregnant Women in Haiti

Haiti EMOC Round One Map Graphic

As part of Direct Relief’s ongoing commitment to Maternal and Child Health, today Direct Relief helped inaugurate and reopen the maternity wards at four different hospitals in Haiti with equipment and supplies sent down over the past few months.  In total, eight hospitals will be provided with the incentive kits, medications, and equipment needed to upgrade to Emergency Obstetric Care Centers. These […]

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HIV Testing Milestone: 20 Million Tests Provided

HIV AIDS

Today marks historic milestones for Abbott, The Abbott Fund and Direct Relief. Partnering together for over 10 years, 20 million rapid HIV tests have been distributed free of charge to HIV testing and counseling programs serving pregnant women and their families in 43 developing countries and more than 150,000 HIV cases have been prevented in children. Expanding HIV testing for pregnant women is an […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Knitted With Love

Knitted Baby Hat

Two years ago, Senior Margaret Haley received a message from us requesting baby blankets and hats for newborns in Africa. Not only are baby hats cute which acts as an incentive for mothers in African and Haiti to come back to clinics for check ups after birth, but they also keep babies warm, compensating for heat loss through the head. […]

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Clinic Partner: Rugarma Hospital, Uganda

Baby after C-Section at Rugarama Hospital

Rugarama Hospital is a private not for profit Hospital situated in Kabale a south western district of Uganda just north of Rwanda; the District population is over 500,000.  The Uganda  under-five mortality rate is at  99 deaths/1,000 live births (2010)  and the Maternal mortality also remains rather high in Uganda at 430 deaths/100,000 live births (2008). Most women die as […]

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