Did you know that… A woman dies every 90 seconds from complications of pregnancy. 90% of deaths are preventable. FACT!
Did you know that…The United States ranks number 50 in the world for maternal care? That means 49 countries provide better care for their mothers. FACT!
Today I am joining with many bloggers worldwide in an effort to bring awareness to a health crisis I only recently because aware of – Maternal Mortality. This Mother’s Day, support moms everywhere by taking part in the Every Mother Counts campaign to increase education and support for maternal and child health worldwide. Visit their website to read about the many ways you can help make a difference in the lives of mothers and children in countries around the globe.
Here is a brief highlight of a couple items I found on the Every Mother Counts site – see if either of these ideas are something you are interested in doing to support the campaign:
Amnesty International is partnering with Every Mother Counts to fight maternal mortality in the United States and throughout the world by writing Mother’s Day action cards to U.S. and international decision makers and lobbying their elected officials to support a vital new bill. Join in now through the end of May. Fill out your information at this link, and they will send you the Mother’s Day cards and sheets. Once you have filled them out, send them back in the provided envelope.
Donate money to the cause. However, if you don’t have the ability to donate money at this time, you can donate your old cell phone through Hope Phones, and give health care workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo the phones and software they need to better reach pregnant women in need. The goal is to recycle 10,000 cell phones, which will improve the lives of over 1 million people in a developing country. Hope Phones will even pre-pay the shipping for you!
If you are interested in learning more about the Every Mother Counts movement, please visit their site. There is so much information I did not even try to condense it here – but I hope that by posting about it, I can be a small part in helping to spread the word about such a critical issue.