You're probably on this page because you heard about this page from either myself or a mutual friend. Let me tell you about this fundraiser and why it is so important to me, personally.
Partners in Health in general is a large NGO that builds self-sufficient health care systems in developing countries. We believe that health is a human right. This year we are concentrating on the issue of maternal and child health, and with that, we are running this month-long campaign called "We Will Deliver" (Get it? Like delivering babies?). This campaign is focusing specifically on funding the Pleebo Health Center in Maryland County, Liberia. This county, and Liberia as a whole, is in dire need of help.
When PIH arrived a few years back, Liberia was just devastated by the Ebola outbreak. The maternal mortality rate rose from 700 deaths per 100,000 births to 1,072 deaths per 100,000 births during and post the Ebola Crisis. The No-Touch Policy had just been lifted, and this subsequently caused a baby boom in the country. The wrecked health care system in Liberia could not handle it. Since then, PIH has built a new health care center in Maryland County called Pleebo Health Center, where women can give birth safely. But this center still needs work. The baby boom has put pressure on the center and women are now forced to share the three postpartum beds the center has or rest on mattresses on the floor just hours after giving birth. The center serves 160,000 people and three beds are not enough. PIH is looking to raise enough money for five more postpartum beds and three delivery beds. This will hopefully encourage more facility based deliveries. We expect to see 30,000 facility based births over the next five years. This is where your donations help.
This campaign specifically is close my heart because I want to do something with women's health when I graduate. In fact, my career goal is to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. So when I heard about PIH's goal to fund a health center in Liberia so women can have safe deliveries, I wanted to help out as much as I can. I am so passionate about this topic, and I hope that you share this desire to help.
With just a small donation, you will make a huge difference. The money goes directly to PIH's efforts. $10 pays for a bed net and a course of malaria prophylaxis for a family in need. $15 covers the cost of a Mama Baby kit, which gives mothers baby clothes and diapers to encourage safe facility based births. $30 pays for supplements to treat severe malnutrition for one person for one year. $100 allows 100 pregnant women to be screened to HIV. Any contribution helps tremendously, and I hope you take this into consideration. Thank you!