Give change to make change.
Mums and babies are dying in Ethiopia because they can’t make it to hospital or have a healthcare professional present when they give birth. 85% of people live rurally, the roads are bad and there aren’t many ambulances. Most of these deaths are avoidable.
If everyone gives a little, it will equal a lot of change.
Building a maternal waiting home, where women can stay in the weeks before birth, will help more mums and babies live.
A maternal waiting what?
Maternal waiting homes are a home from home for expectant mums with high-risk pregnancies, built within the grounds of a main hospital. Women stay there and look after each other in the weeks before birth, but with 24-hour emergency care just a few steps away if it’s needed.
147 women in our Butajira maternal waiting home in southern Ethiopia have already been helped – around half of them or their babies would’ve had severe complications, including death, if they hadn’t been in the home
Help us build:
- a safe environment for mothers, babies and families
- knowledge and skills around antenatal care
- a community
- a maternal waiting home.
All our amazing volunteers, doctors and community workers in Tigray are ready to start! We have the passion and expertise to make this work; we just need you.
If you want to know more about VSO or how you can get involved, please get in touch at [email protected].
- Yifru Berhan and Asress Berhan (2014). Review of Maternal Mortality in Ethiopia: A Story of the Past 30 Years.
- Mekonnen,Y., Tensou, B., Telake, D.S., Degefie, T., Bekele, A. (2013) Neonatal mortality in Ethiopia: trends and determinants, BMC Public Health (13: 483).
- Ministry of Health Ethiopia (2012). Road Map for Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal and Newborn Morbidity and Mortality. Ethiopia: Federal Ministry of Health (2012).