TEAM RUN EMC IS RUNNING THE 2016 ISLANDSBANKI REYKJAVIK MARATHON IN SUPPORT OF MATERNAL HEALTH AROUND THE WORLD ON AUGUST 20th.
Why Iceland? Iceland has some the best maternal health statistics in the world. They are 4th in the world, with almost 0 maternal deaths and a very low lifetime risk. Iceland has universal health care coverage for all. Pre-natal care is offered free to legal residents of more than six months. Icelandic moms receive care from both midwives and doctors. Hospital births are free, and the country has a 17% c-section rate. Iceland also provides for a midwife home birth option for mothers with low-risk pregnancies. After delivery, nurses will conduct a home visit for the new mother and child.
Why do we run? We run because distance is one of the greatest barriers for women who are in need of basic and emergency obstetric care. Simply put, we want to run so that others don't have to.
Hundreds of thousands of women die during pregnancy and childbirth around the world each year. That's 800 women every day. The good news is that 98% of these deaths can be prevented. We have the tools and the know-how to save these mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, teachers, doctors, caregivers and community leaders—if we make it a priority.
Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. We inform, engage, and mobilize new audiences to take actions and raise funds to improve access to critical maternity care around the world. This year, join us in solidarity to run the 2016 Íslandsbanki Reykjavík Marathon and help us raise awareness about the challenges and solutions to improve birth outcomes.
By running in marathons around the world we bring attention to and in invest in solutions. We hope to not only increase awareness about our cause but to highlight how some countries are prioritizing maternal health and improving outcomes.... And now, we're hoping you will lend your support no matter how big or small.
Here are some ways you can get involved.
1. You can click on the DONATE button to contribute what you can on behalf of one of our Every Mother Counts Runners.
2. You can JOIN THE TEAM to become a fundraiser yourself and help us raise the much-needed funds and spread the word about this cause.
3. You can purchase an EMC t-shirt & gear from Oiselle.com and come out and cheer us on.
4. You can run with us in solidarity on August 20th, 2016. Remember that any distance from 5k to 26.2 miles would be an amazing act of support of our mission. Every Mile Counts because Every Mother Counts. Together, with your help and our miles, we can make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
Every Mother Counts is a US-based registered 501c3 non-profit organization.