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Project Keep a Mother Alive

Because healthy children need healthy mothers.

Project Keep a Mother Alive - Just Like My Child Foundation

Did you know?

  • - A woman dies from complications in childbirth every minute - about 529,000 each year - the vast majority of them in developing countries.

  • - A woman in sub-Saharan Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy or childbirth, compared to a 1 in 4,000 risk in a developing country - the largest difference between poor and rich countries of any health indicator.

It's hard to over state the vulnerability of an orphaned child in the developing world. Orphans quickly lose any social standing. If relatives take them in, the orphans are treated like slaves, pulled from school, and sent into the fields to work. If relatives are not nearby, the children live on their own, raised by their siblings in a child-headed household, with dwindling prospects of survival.

We passionately believe that the number one impact we can make on ensuring a child's success is to keep her mother alive. Since its founding, Just Like My Child Foundation has worked closely with Bishop Asili Hospital to tackle these staggering statistics by providing pre-natal care and education, community outreach, malaria prevention, infection control, and most significantly, emergency obstetrical interventions, including C-sections, ultrasound diagnosis, infrastructure for blood supply and AIDS treatment, and medical staff to care for post-partum mother and child.

Our results to date have been gratifying. The maternal mortality rate in the catchment area of Bishop Asili has been drastically reduced. A gleaming new surgical facility staffed by highly-trained physicians awaits a mother in any form of distress. An ultrasound machine allows doctors to diagnose quickly, and allows a mother to see her baby's heartbeat. Two ambulances are available to bring her to the hospital if she's waited too long, and as transportation on the back of a motorcycle can be terrifying.

And most importantly, dark stories of tragedy and death have been transformed into thousands of joyful endings.