Gareth Glaser via Crowdrise
February 04, 2011
BENEFITING: Mountain 2 Mountain
The infant mortality rate in Afghanistan is the highest in the world and one in four children die before reaching their fifth birthday.
Trained rural midwives working in rural communities could prevent the majority of these deaths.
M2M takes a decentralized approach to the problem with a village-based training program for local women to become skilled birth attendants (SBAs). Candidates learn enough during a series of intensive four-week trainings to prevent nearly 70% of maternal and newborn deaths.
An immediate ripple effect is felt after the first four weeks. Birthing deaths decline and community health improves as SBAs teach techniques in basic sanitation and prenatal care. Each SBA receives a stipend. The roles these women play in their families and villages shifts as they contribute money to the family and begin to play an active role the social and economic fabric of the village.