Delori is just one woman who has reaped the benefits from the transport vouchers made available through WOW’s MotherCare program. The closest hospital to Delori’s home is nearly four hours away, by bike. Without these vouchers, she would not have had access to the hospital. Before enrolled in this program, during her previous pregnancies, Delori had often fainted. Because she wasn’t able to travel to the hospital for checkups, she did not know what had caused these fainting spells. After becoming a part of our WOW MotherCare program, however, she was able to attend prenatal healthcare appointments, where it was discovered that her blood pressure was low. Here, Delori was counselled that her fainting could be remedied by eating foods high in iron.
During Delori’s experience in WOW’s MotherCare program, she not only received transport vouchers for medical visits, but also prenatal health care classes, which are provided by trained nurses. There, she learned about nutrition relating to maternal health. She has also learned the importance of appropriate rest. During an interview with our WOW Team, Delori expressed her thankfulness for the donors who have made this program possible.
According to the World Health Organization, each day 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries, more than half of these occur in sub-Saharan Africa (afro.who.int/health-topics/maternal-health). Why? WHO points out that only 40% of pregnancies in low income countries had the recommended antenatal care visits. What creates the barriers to these essential antenatal visits? Factors include poverty, distance, lack of information, inadequate services, and cultural practices.
Thankfully, between 1990 and 2015, maternal mortality world-wide dropped about 44%. In fact, thanks to the help of caring supporters like you, in sub-Saharan Africa, a number of countries cut their levels of maternal mortality in half since 1990. Find out how you can help by visiting: http://www.wowmission.com/get-involved/wow-mothercare/