BENEFITING: CIRCLE OF HEALTH INTERNATIONAL
EVENT DATE: Sep 14, 2016
You're expecting your first child, but you're hours away from the nearest clinic. You're scared to deliver alone and you're nervous about possible complications because you've seen women die in childbirth. You have little resources to pay for professional care, and the journey to the clinic is dangerous for women.
Your concerns are the same as Elisa- a Nicaraguan expectant mother in the northern autonomous province. In her village, traditional medicine is widely practiced, and she goes to the local midwife, who is 80 years old, for herbal assistance during her pregnancy. She would go to a younger midwife, except the nearest one is 6 hours away by boat.
Elisa goes into labor late at night, with only her local midwife to aid her. Thanks to Circle of Health International, her midwife has access to a We Care Solar suitcase, which has a solar-powered doppler. The midwife checks the heartbeat- but finds three heartbeats instead! She helps Elise deliver all three of her babies, but two are not breathing. Thankfully, this ancient midwife was trained by COHI in resuscitation and is able to resuscitate both babies. All three of Elisa's miracle babies live.
During natural disasters, humanitarian conflicts and in extreme poverty, women and their children lack access to lifesaving resources due to the disruption of existing healthcare systems and supply chains, prevailing cultural norms or prejudices, or forced relocation.
Circle of Health International works with women and their communities in times of crisis to provide better access to quality healthcare for women and children affected by disaster and war. COHI accomplishes this in three specific ways: providing direct services, distributing supplies and medicines, and capacity building of local healthcare infrastructure.
Our current projects are focused on training and equipping traditional birth attendants in Nepal, Sierra Leone, and Nicaragua- your donation will go toward supporting these three impactful programs!
Circle of Health International has had the opportunity to work in 16 countries across 4 continents during 20 crises. Since 2004, COHI has served over 3 million women, trained over 7,500 clinical providers and delivered over $550,000 in medical supplies.
By supporting our midwifery training programs, you make a profound difference. Each midwife touches the lives of 2,000 women each year- make your donation count and train a midwife with COHI!