Reducing Maternal & Infant Mortality
For over 40 years and in more than 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families. Jhpiego collaborates with health experts, governments and community leaders to provide high-quality health services. We develop strategies to help countries care for themselves by training competent health workers, strengthening health systems and improving the delivery of care.
Jhpiego designs innovative, effective and low-cost solutions to bring the best care to women and families where they live—breaking down barriers for the world’s most vulnerable populations.
In South Sudan, Jhpiego’s work is helping to save the lives of pregnant women who experience severe bleeding after birth, the leading cause of maternal deaths worldwide and especially in the developing world. It was past midnight when Zelpha’s labor pains began. Wilma, a Jhpiego-trained community health worker, arrived at the family hut in the village of Mideh, just after Zelpha gave birth to her daughter.
“When the baby came, she [Zelpha] started bleeding. It just poured. I checked to see that there is no second baby,” Wilma said, “and I gave her the tablets.”
The tablets are three white pills, the recommended dose of misoprostol, a drug that helps prevent women from bleeding to death after childbirth.
“The bleeding stopped. And the mother is well,” Wilma said, as she gestured to the smiling Zelpha, the latest of the mothers she has helped to survive childbirth.
A vivacious grandmother, Wilma is part of a trained corps of community health workers who identify pregnant women in their villages and educate them on safe birth practices, the importance of attending prenatal care at the local health center and the benefits of giving birth in a health facility with a skilled health provider.
Community health workers play a key role in Jhpiego’s innovative approach to reduce the deaths of women who can’t make it to a health facility and give birth at home and often alone. They are the frontline of health care, bringing basic health information to some of the most rural communities on the planet, such as those in South Sudan. They connect women to essential health services like prenatal care and malaria prevention, skilled midwives in health clinics, family planning, HIV counseling and testing, well-baby visits and child immunizations.
Jhpiego would like to invite you to be part of this global effort to help with prevention efforts and save lives. With your support, we can do even more! Please help us by investing in Jhpiego’s work. Thank you for your serious consideration of this special request.