Project #266 | Safe Birth in a Box
Our Partnership with Better Healthcare Organization
In South Sudan, 80% of the births take place at home using traditional practices that tend to contribute to high maternal mortality rates. Home births increase the risk of maternal sepsis, newborn infections, and mortality.The death rate in South Sudan is about 8 mothers per 1,000 live births and 40 children per 1,000 live births. Most of these deaths are preventable if mothers have access to hygienic supplies and proper antenatal care.
We’re partnering with Better Health Care Organization (BHECO) to promote safer births and lower maternal and child mortality rates. Through BHECO’s “Safe Birth in a Box” program, 10,000 mothers are receiving hygienic birth supplies that reduce instances of infection, alongside ante-natal care within 24 hours of delivery. Prior to giving birth, mothers receive boxes that contain: chlorhexidine gel (for infection prevention), safe delivery components (plastic sheet, cord tie, surgical blade, soap, gloves, etc), newborn blankets, asphyxia prevention kits, and illustrated health information. This life-saving intervention is being carried about by 500 health workers and community leaders trained by BHECO. Through our partnership, mothers are able to welcome their new ones into the world with grater confidence!
MOTHERS WILL ENROLL IN SAFE BIRTH IN A BOX
NEWBORNS WILL HAVE HYGIENIC BIRTH SUPPLIES
COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS WILL BE TRAINED
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our maternal & child health fund.