BENEFITING: Partners In Health
In a nut shell: I want to help women in Sub-Saharan Africa gain access to health care so they can reduce the maternal mortality rate and the transmission of HIV. For the next two weeks I am raising money for Partners in Health, which works towards this goal. How did I come to this? Read on...
In my history and English classes we were asked to “change the world.” I looked around for an issue that bothered me or something that I was grateful for that others didn't have the luxury of having. One issue that really struck me was a lack of women’s health care in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a result of this, the maternal mortality rate is 530,000 deaths annually. Not only does it affect the mothers, but without prior treatment the likelihood of the mother transmitting HIV or AIDS to her child is extremely high. With health care this is reduced from a 45% chance to less than 2% of transmission.
I figured I couldn’t fly to Africa or much less help save hundreds of mothers, so I decided that raising money for an organization that already has a presence in the issue would be a better idea. I chose Partners in Health because they work to provide the poor in third world countries with sufficient health care and they do a lot for the women in Sub-Saharan Africa. They help by increasing women’s access to clinics, by advocating for the women and by doing research to be able to save more during birth. I hope to raise 1,000 dollars minimum so that I can help women that don’t have access to health care and are not as fortunate as I.
If you can't donate but still want to help go to the Partners in Health website and send a letter to your local congress representitive. Thanks!