Project C.U.R.E. Proudly Supports Maternal Health and MAMA
Maternal and neonatal health are at the forefront as we approach the first deadline for achieving Millennium Development Goals Four and Five in 2015. Several countries, including Bangladesh, have made great strides in reducing maternal mortality and improving newborn survival using a spectrum of interventions and improvements in health systems, including but not limited to mobile technology, health worker training and vaccination. Delivering at a medical facility with skilled birth attendants dramatically improves a mother’s chance of surviving as well as a newborn’s, especially when severe bleeding and infection occur. Similarly, adequate prenatal care (seeing a health provider at least four times during pregnancy) can reduce complications at delivery by identifying potentially deadly conditions for either mother or child, such as pre-eclampsia, HIV and malaria. According to the United Nations, however, 47 million babies were born without skilled care in 2011, and most maternal deaths remain preventable. More than two-thirds of under five deaths are preventable and treatable, yet an increasing number of newborns – 44% of under five deaths globally in 2012 – will die during the first day or month of life. One key aspect still not being adequately addressed is access to health services close to home and the simple lack of medical supplies and equipment for prenatal screening and emergency care.
Project C.U.R.E. has supported maternal and child health initiatives across the globe since 1987 by delivering medical supplies and modern equipment to hospitals and clinics in developing countries and by partnering with Ministries of Health as well as local communities to increase access to healthcare for mothers and children. Medical donations from Project C.U.R.E. include everything needed to equip a healthcare facility, from basic supplies for examination and health worker protection to specialized equipment for diagnosis and emergency procedures, such as ultrasounds, surgical instruments and incubators. Recipients of medical donations from Project C.U.R.E. report being able to improve their labor and delivery, OB/GYN, pediatrics laboratory and surgery departments, being able to add and expand services, see more patients and make care more affordable.
The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) is a partnership that delivers timely, culturally sensitive and critically important health information to pregnant women, new moms and their households through mobile technology. This information is designed to inform and empower women to care for themselves and their babies at home and to seek facility based care as needed. Because MAMA programs drive increased demand for goods and services, it is critical that they are well integrated into the larger health care delivery system and coordinated with adequate provision of basic supplies, facilities and health workers.
Project C.U.R.E. is an implementing partner of Saving Mothers, Giving Life – an initiative that has reduced maternal mortality in Zambia and Uganda by nearly one-third in its first year – and the Helping Babies Breathe® Global Development Alliance, an initiative to train birth attendants in severely resource-limited settings simple neonatal resuscitation techniques that can save more than 80% of babies not breathing at birth. Access to health information and healthcare is a powerful combination in the fight against maternal and child mortality. Project C.U.R.E. is proud to support MAMA in its efforts to educate and encourage mothers to seek pre- and postnatal care from skilled providers with the hope of improving health outcomes for both mother and child. Learn more about the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action at www.mobilemamaalliance.org.