Posts Tagged Midwives

Intern Spotlight: The Women’s Health Advocate

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Alena Nelson is a senior majoring in sociology and global studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She joined Direct Relief at the start of this year as a Research and Analysis intern through the Sarah Miller McCune Endowed Public Service and Internship Program, a year-long project which pairs students with local nonprofits. Below she reflects on her experience so far: I […]

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Helping Haitian Women Access Cervical Cancer Screening

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Through Direct Relief’s partnership with Basic Health International (BHI) and the Fondation St. Luc, earlier this month nearly 600 women in Haiti were screened for cervical cancer and three more local providers were trained to screen – both essential steps in reducing the number of deaths from the disease. Haiti has the highest incidence of cervical cancer in the Western Hemisphere, and […]

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Local High Schoolers Support Safe Births

Rachel and Laurel helped led a campaign to help bring more babies into this world safely.

Dozens more babies will be safely delivered into this world thanks to the hard work and generosity of a team of local high school students. Now seniors at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, Calif., Rachel Fay and Laurel Mead came by Direct Relief’s headquarters yesterday to deliver $725 they raised to help purchase a Direct Relief midwife kit. […]

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Honor a Mom in Your Life: Give a Safe Birth This Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day begins with a safe birth. But every two minutes a woman dies from complications during pregnancy or childbirth – taking more than 250,000 lives each year. Accompanied by a trained and equipped professional, many of these women can be saved. That’s why Direct Relief supports midwives who are helping mothers in need access vital care and are the […]

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Sierra Leone Midwife Graduates Equipped to Save the Lives of Mothers and Children

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Saturday was an exciting day for the midwifery graduates at the School of Midwifery in Makeni, Sierra Leone, and marked an important milestone in the West African nation’s progress toward improving maternal and child health services. The World Needs Midwives I attended the ceremony to present the Direct Relief Midwife Kits to the new graduates. It was a great celebration—and at […]

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Midwife Training Course Begins in Haiti

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This week in Jacmel, Haiti, a group of 26 Haitian birth attendants and nurses came together to receive a three-day-long training course in safe birthing techniques and the midwifery model of care for low-resource settings. The course is taught by Mother Health International, a nonprofit organization that received a $30,000 grant from Direct Relief to hold a series of training […]

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