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Baskets For Love: Aiding Mother's in El Salvador

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Nyasha Evans

THE STORY:

The Public and Community Health Student Association (PCHSA) at Ithaca College is a student organization that aims to raise awareness of public and community health at Ithaca College, as well as the Ithaca community. The Association aims to ensure increased health for local and global populations. This semester, we are working to improve maternal and infant health in El Salvador.

Maternal mortality is defined by the World Health Organization as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy. Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are leading causes of death and disability among women of reproductive age in low-income countries. Although maternal and infant mortality rates are relatively low in the United States, they are major public health issues in many countries, where hospitals and individuals have limited access to safe and necessary birth supplies. According to a study done by the National Institutes of Health, in one area of El Salvador, complications were detected in 47% of births, 62.5% of which were maternal.

One of the most important goals of the American Public Health Association is to think locally and act globally. It is the intention of PCHSA to think locally and act globally by raising funds and awareness in our community to contribute to public health in El Salvador. As a group we are raising money and supplies for "Baskets For Love". The baskets will contain supplies for mothers and newborn babies in El Salvador such as, onesies, sanitary pads, diapers, and general medical supplies needed for the process of child birth.

Our fundraising project will take place during the Fall 2013 semester, from September through December. Please take the time and donate to our cause, every donation is greatly appreciated and makes a huge difference. Remember that happiness doesn't result in what you get, but what you give. Act Locally, think globally!

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