Sunday, May 04, 2008

One week until Mother's Day!

Don't give your mother another knick-knack to dust...honor her on Mother's Day by helping mothers in Zambia!


We would like to propose that our Zambia Medical Mission team members honor their mothers this year by donating $10 to purchase two individual clean birthing kits for Zambia. We plan to give these CDKs out to expectant mothers during our Zambia Medical Mission and throughout the year at the Namwianga Rural Health Center. We will be targeting mothers who will not have access to a hospital or rural clinic for delivery. The kit will include the following:

Bar of soap
Square yard of plastic sheet
Razor blade (single edge)
String for umbilical cord
Sealed bag for packaging
Cotton cloth to wrap baby
Pain relievers
Two pairs disposable gloves

Each year about 60 million women in developing countries give birth with only the help of an untrained attendant or family member or with no help at all. Many of these deliveries take place at home and often in a small hut in a remote village.

The infection rate is high with some 1600 women per day dying from complications associated with pregnancy or childbirth, and infection is a leading cause. Around 950,000 newborns per year die from infection, according to the World Health Organization. Many of these infections can be avoided when Clean Delivery Kits (CDKs) are used.

What better gift is there to give than a gift that will give an expecting mother in Zambia a better chance for her to survive delivery? These delivery kits will also give her a better chance of having a healthy baby. This all seems so simple, but a woman who uses this kit is 13 times more likely to survive her labor. The average woman in Zambia delivers six children. Sadly, the infant mortality rate in Zambia is so high that only three of those children are likely to survive. Three out of four women never make it to the hospital, giving birth on the dusty ground or on the road, many using saw grass to cut their baby’s umbilical cord.

We make our own kits and assemble them in Zambia. We estimate we can purchase about two CDKs for each $10 donation. We are making a special drive for Mother’s Day by encouraging family and friends to donate to Zambia Mission in honor of their mother or friend. A personal note will be sent to individuals informing them of this gift.

If you are interested in participating, please make checks to Zambia Mission and send it to the following address (Zambia Mission, 658 E.N. 21st St., Abilene, TX 79601). If you would like to honor anyone, please let us know.

My mom was tickled that two mothers on another continent will be getting these in her honor. Send your donations today!!

1 comment:

Sandra said...

Super great idea! Of course the two sisters will be sending money to honor Mama in Germany.
I have also passed this along to some colleagues, and they love the idea too.
Thank you for sharing!