Every Mother Counts has a small portfolio of grants that address various barriers to care in several locations. We are committed to providing regular updates on these projects below.
Barriers being addressed: Inability to diagnose and treat HIV, STIs, anemia, malaria and other indirect causes of maternal deaths; absence of accurate information to prevent HIV/STIs and unintended pregnancies; stigma around HIV/STIs; and malnutrition and lack of knowledge on nutrition
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Grant Period: October 2013 - September 2014
Grant Amount: $49,950
Project Description: Indirect causes like anemia, malaria, hepatitis, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS, account for approximately 20% (or 115,000) of maternal deaths globally each year, and over 25% of maternal deaths in Asia.Pregnant women are at much higher risk of being negatively impacted by a disease or other health condition. Malnutrition and anemia are serious problems in Indonesia in particular. HIV+ pregnant women are at higher risk of life-threatening infections like sepsis and opportunistic infections, and HIV+ pregnant women are 8 times more likely to die a maternal death. Untreated sexually transmitted infections (STIs) increase the risk of both acquisition and transmission of HIV by three-fold. Diagnosed and treated with ARVs, pregnant women can prevent the virus from being passed on to their babies. It is therefore critical that pregnant women are tested for all of the above conditions early, including receiving a complete blood test, and receive counseling and treatment.
While most countries saw reductions in maternal mortality and HIV, in Indonesia the MMR rose by nearly 58% between 2007 and 2012, and its HIV rate rose more than 25% between 2001 and 2011. EMC’s grant will equip and staff a lab within Bumi Sehat’s family health clinic that will provide integrated and seamless services, namely: (1) Voluntary HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) counseling, testing and treatment, namely of pregnant women and their partners; (2) Provision of antiretrovirals (ARVs) and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV; (3) Complete blood testing of pregnant women to diagnose and treat conditions that contribute to maternal and infant mortality, including anemia, malaria, syphilis, cervical cancer, hepatitis, dengue and typhoid; (4) Nutrition education for pregnant women; (5) Comprehensive information on family planning methods and distribution of male and female condoms to prevent HIV/STI infection; and (6) Education and outreach to women, their partners, and the broader community to ease the stigma and thus the spread of HIV/STI infections.
December 2011: Fundraiser: $17,062 for new clinic raised through Crowdrise’s Mozilla Firefox Challenge
In 2011 through the Mozilla Firefox Challenge on Crowdrise, EMC was able to raise $17,062 to support Robin Lim, a 2012 CNN Person of the Year, her Bali, Indonesia based organization Bumi Sehat in ensuring that mothers and newborns receive the quality health care they deserve. In 2012, Bumi Sehat, at just two locations, provided over 50,050 with community health services, emergency care, prenatal, postpartum, and pediatric care, birth services and breastfeeding support, in addition to education and environmental programs. In 2012, Bumi Sehat midwives delivered 587 babies, conducted 6,638 pre-natal check-ups, and 1,149 postpartum visits with breastfeeding support, and 600 pediatric care visits.
Thanks to your support in the Firefox Challenge, the funds will help Bumi Sehat construct a new, solar-powered, community health clinic in Nyuh Kuning, Bali, Indonesia. The clinic will feature a birth center and around-the-clock full maternal, child and family health care.
- December 2, 2013: Announcing a New Grant in Honor of World AIDS Day
- March 14, 2013: Touched by HIV/AIDS: When Healthcare Workers are Exposed
- March 12, 2013: Why National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Matters to Maternal Health
January 30, 2012: Tales from the Field: Sanur
January 13, 2012: Thank you for supporting EMC in the Mozilla Firefox Crowdrise Challange
- December 12, 2011: My Hero, Ibu Robin Lim
Barriers being addressed: Inadequately equipped health facilities, lack of access to quality emergency obstetric care, poor referral systems
Location: Rural Malawi
Grant Period: September, 2013 - August, 2014
Grant Amount: $113,740
Project Description: Every Mother Counts is partnering with We Care Solar to provide much-needed electricity to health centers in Malawi. Forty rural clinics will be outfitted with "Solar Suitcases" equipped with fetal Dopplers that provide long-term high-efficiency LED lighting, a universal mobile phone charger, headlamp, a battery charger for AAA or AA batteries, fetal monitor, and outlets for 12V DC devices. Health workers will now be able to: provide adequate emergency obstetric and surgical care, particularly at night; charge essential medical equipment; computers, and mobile phones; as well as accurately monitor fetal heart rates to identify complications early.
Malawi¹s maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of 460 deaths per 100,000 live births is extremely high. The risk of dying in childbirth is about 1 in 36, and even higher in rural areas. Malawi suffers from an acute shortage of resources, equipment, facilities and staff, and lags behind most of the world in its healthcare infrastructure. Reliable electricity and communications are critical to the delivery of health services, the quality and safety of patient care. Reliable phone communication is also a critical element for a successful referral system, allowing primary level facilities to request transportation, inform the receiving clinic or hospital of a patient’s status and background, obtain medical advice and provide counter-referral measures. A 2010 Malawi Ministry of Health report found that 1/4 of government and 1/5 of private health centers had no source of electricity. And only 1/5 of rural government hospitals had access to the national power grid along with a back-up generator. Patients are expected to bring candles to maternity health centers as part of their birthing kits, and health workers struggle using kerosene lanterns, flashlights, mobile phones, and even headlights to facilitate delivery. People in Malawi often have to walk miles just to charge their mobile phone.
Malawi President Joyce Banda’s Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood is prioritizing improving working conditions for nurses and midwives and expanding electricity to clinics and hospitals across Malawi. This project will assist in meeting the goals of President Banda’s initiative.
- November 8, 2013: Laura Stachel - How We Care Solar Came to Be
- November 8, 2013: Announcing our New Grant for We Care Solar
Barriers Being Addressed: Lack of maternal healthcare training opportunities & mentorships, lack of training for traditional birth attendants, lack of quality comprehensive obstetric care
Location: Mirebalais, Haiti
Grant Period: July 2013-June 2015
Grant Amount: $129,535 in Year 1; $121,742 in Year 2
Project Description:Together with Partners in Health and its sister organization in Haiti, Zanme Lasante (PIH/ZL), EMC is working to build the education and skills of health workers, traditional health workers, and the broader community.About 75% of mothers in Haiti give birth at home without a skilled birth attendant or access to emergency obstetric care.
An untrained traditional birth attendant, or matron, accompanies many of these women. Haiti suffers from a critical shortage of skilled healthcare professionals, particularly skilled birth attendants and midwives. For existing nurses and other medical personnel, there are few opportunities to receive obstetric training, participate in clinical practice, or be mentored by a maternal health expert. And there are few continuing education opportunities for nurses and midwives to reinforce their skills and learn about advances in medical care.
EMC’s support provides in-service skills training and continuing education for approximately 80 health workers from ZL sites around the country at PIH/ZL’s newly-constructed teaching hospital, Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais to ensure skilled management of labor and delivery, including emergency obstetric and neonatal complications (EmONC); and EMC will support training of traditional birth attendants (matrons) in the Mirebalais community to increase their knowledge, and identification and referral of high-risk pregnancies.
- October 17, 2013: "After Grief, Joy: Haitian Woman Delivers Healthy Premature Baby at Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais"
- August 29, 2013: Every Mother Counts in Haiti via Huff Post Global Motherhood
Barriers Being Addressed: Lack of access to prenatal care and education
Location: Central Florida
Grant Period: May 2013-ongoing
Grant Amount: $63,000
Despite spending more on healthcare per capita than any other country, the U.S. ranks 50th in the world for maternal mortality – the worst of any industrialized nation. Low-income women are most at risk for poor maternal health outcomes in the U.S. Access to prenatal education and care are crucial for reducing this disparity as women who do not receive prenatal care are three to four times more likely to die than women who do. Prenatal education has been found to be an effective and critical element of prenatal care, particularly for low-income women. The high cost of healthcare, limited number of providers that will serve low-income patients, bureaucratic hurdles and delays, combined with often untreated pre-existing medical conditions put many low-income women at risk of not receiving the comprehensive care they need.
To ensure that more women have access to comprehensive quality care and options, EMC is supporting Commonsense Childbirth in central Florida to provide low-income women – no matter their insurance status or ability to pay – with the recommended number of prenatal care visits, and prenatal education on nutrition, healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, and newborn care. Commonsense Childbirth’s simple yet effective model demonstrates that access to respectful quality care, complemented by education and social support, and a focus on individual empowerment, yields positive results for moms and babies.
- November 12, 2013: Kara's Story - Birth in America
- October 11, 2013: Jennie Joseph's Two-Part Celebration of National Midwifery Week - Part two
- October 10, 2013: Jennie Joseph's Two-Part Celebration of National Midwifery Week - Part one
- September 4, 2013: Commonsense Childbirth Photo Essay
July 21, 2013: Commonsense Childbirth on Breastfeeding
- July 9: Jeanelle's Story
- June 14, 2013: US Lags Behind Developed World in Successful Births - Click Orlando News
- May 30, 2013: From Jennie Joseph: The Reality of too many American Women
- May 13, 2013: Announcing our First U.S. Grant
- May 14, 2013: National Women's Health Week
- May 10, 2013: The Huffington Post Photo Essay
Barriers Being Addressed: Distance to a health facility and lack of transportation
Location: Kabarole, Kamwenge & Kyenjojo districts, Uganda
Grant Amount: $41,146 (Oct 2012-May 2013);
Grant Amount: $79,755 (Jun-Sep 2013)
Every Mother Counts in October 2012 partnered with Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Uganda (Baylor Uganda) to provide 13,500 women with vouchers they can redeem for a ride to a health facility when they go into labor so that they can deliver safely and receive emergency obstetric or newborn care if needed. In June EMC awarded a second grant to Baylor Uganda in the amount of $79,755. These funds will provide a new batch of 18,000 vouchers women can purchase and redeem for transport to a health facility either to deliver their babies safely with skilled care, or to attend a postnatal check-up in those critical days after giving birth.
Most women in Uganda deliver their babies at home, without a skilled birth attendant. The distance to a health facility and lack of transportation prevent many women from giving birth safely - with a skilled birth attendant and access to emergency care. The average distance to the nearest public health facility in rural Uganda is 13 km and often much farther – many women have no choice but to walk. In western Uganda where EMC is focused, only 14 percent of the population has access to free government-provided basic care in their community, and less than one percent of the population has a government hospital able to provide emergency obstetric care in their community. This investment also supports the goals of the Saving Mothers, Giving Life initiative in Uganda, of which EMC is a founding partner.
Watch the video below to learn how the transportation vouchers work.
- November 11, 2013: "Febron and the Kakonge - A Ballot for Moms"
- September 24, 2013: "Kakonge Voucher has been my pregnancy passport" by Apophia
- July 23, 2013: A Second Grant to Baylor Uganda - Boda for Mothers Through a Boda Rider's Eyes: Asaba's Story
- July 3, 2013: Breaking the Distance Barrier Once again, thanks to Fynn!
- May 16, 2013: Immaculate's Transportation Voucher
March 2, 2013: Esther shows us what a difference the voucher has made for her pregnancy and deliver.
- January 24, 2013: The Final Talley on the Mozilla Firefox Challange - What's in a Mama Kit?
November 12, 2012: Erin, Tonight in Kampala
November 1, 2012: Our Baylor-Uganda Grant for transportation gets personal.
- December 6, 2013: Dr. Addy talks about Christmas in Uganda and what the holidays are like in American hospitals.
- October 25, 2012: Every Mother Counts awards Inagural Grants to Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation.
Fundraiser: $17,152 for 780 mama kits for Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation in Uganda, raised through Crowdrise’s Mozilla Firefox Challenge (December 2012). Click here to learn more about the Crowdrise Challenge Update - Mama Kits.
Women who give birth at a public facility in developing countries are often expected to provide their own basic medical supplies. Baylor Uganda provides each mother with a "mama kit" to aid in safe delivery, and also incentivize mothers to come to a clinic or hospital to give birth. This small kit costs $22, and includes basic supplies to help a woman delivery safely (soap, cotton and gauze, plastic sheet (for labor), bed sheets, disposable and surgical gloves, surgical blade, cord ligatures, tetracycline eye ointment, child health card, polythene bag to hold medical records, and a baby blanket). In 2012 EMC raised funds through Crowdrise’s Mozilla Firefox Challenge and provided Baylor Uganda with 780 mama kits.
Barriers Being Addressed: Lack of skilled birth attendants
Location: Hinche, Haiti
Grant Period: October 2012-November 2013
Grant Amount: $54,000
Every Mother Counts supports Midwives For Haiti’s efforts to increase the number of skilled birth attendants available in Haiti. Haiti suffers from a critical shortage of physicians, midwives, and skilled attendants, and Haiti's maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of 350 is the highest in the western hemisphere. The WHO estimates that the chances of dying from pregnancy and childbirth related complications in Haiti is 1 in 83, mostly due to pregnancy-induced-hypertension, eclampsia, sepsis, and postpartum hemorrhage.
Skilled birth attendants can mean the difference between life and death for women and their babies. Midwives are able to provide the most effective model of care, and are more likely to be accepted and trusted by their communities. They are also less expensive to recruit, train and maintain than doctors. The 2010 earthquake destroyed the main training hospital serving Haiti’s only midwifery school in Port-au-Prince, and it is still yet to be rebuilt. Midwives For Haiti teaches Haitian women the midwifery skills that make them skilled birth attendants in a 10-month program with a tailored, Creole-language curriculum. EMC's grant supports the training of 17 midwives. Each midwife will in this year provide prenatal care to nearly 1,500 women and deliver between 120 and 240 babies, and go on to provide midwifery care largely in rural areas where the need is greatest.
Watch the "Making of a Midwife" Part 1:
Watch the Making of a Midwife Part 2:
- November 21,2013: Day 3 in Haiti
- November 20, 2013: Midwives for Haiti Graduation Day
- November 19, 2013: EMC Delegation goes to Haiti, Day 1
- September 16, 2013: Andrise's story
- August 8, 2013: Guillet's Story
- July 30, 2013: Clancy and Jessica - From Hince to Jacmel
- July 25, 2013: Mobile Clinics & Darwinlove in Roy Sec, Haiti
- April 29, 2013: Christy and Clancy go to Haiti Day 4
April 27, 2013: Christy and Clancy go to Haiti Day 3
April 26, 2013: Christy and Clancy go to Haiti Day 2
April 25, 2013: Christy and Clancy go to Haiti Day 1
- April 3, 2013: March update from Midwives for Haiti student, Vesline
February 20, 2013: This month's update from Genette, one of Midwives for Haiti's instructors
- February 8, 2013: Volunteering in Haiti for Midwives for Haiti - Game Day
- January 23, 2013: Clancy and Jessica go to Haiti: Day 4 - Our Last Day
- January 18, 2013: Clancy and Jessica go to Haiti: Day 3 - Monday
- January 17, 2013: Clancy and Jessica go to Haiti: Day 2 -Sunday
- January 14, 2013: Clancy and Jessica go to Haiti: Day 1
- December 17, 2012: Holidays in Haiti - Cassandra
- October 25, 2012: EMC Partners with Midwives for Haiti
- October 12, 2012: Every Mother Counts / Midwives for Haiti Partnership
Barriers Being Addressed: Lack of equipment and supplies
Location: Yei, South Sudan
Grant Period: May 2012
Grant Amount: $12,000
Doc2Doc works to collect and redistribute unused medical equipment and supplies to hospitals in developing countries. U.S. hospitals waste thousands of tons of medical supplies every day, including unused, sterile medical supplies and fully functional equipment discarded because of regulatory requirements. The shipping costs to ship the supplies to remote locations can be high, so in 2012, EMC raised funds to help send a shipment to a public hospital in Yei, in the newly-independent South Sudan. The container contained more than $500,000 worth of supplies and equipment, including basic critical items such as sterile gloves and gauze as well as birthing tables, ultrasounds for safe delivery and prenatal care, surgical supplies and sterilization equipment. The arrival of the container in November in Yei was met with a citywide celebration. This baby was delivered safely with the use of the new equipment.
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2013 Progress Numbers
- Stories Shared: 55,480
- Films Viewed: 90,411
- Phones Donated: 487
- Miles Run: 28,353.47
- Runners: 3,404
- Friends Joined: 20,330
- Dollars Raised: $277,515
- Individual Donors: 3,262
- Event Attendants: 24,808
- Events Attended: 46
- Petitions Signed: 8,985
- Products Purchased Benefiting EMC: 77,218
Total actions: 590,299.47
2012 Progress Numbers
- Stories Shared: 890,451
- Films Viewed: 2,922,332
- Phones Donated: 3,322
- Miles Run: 13,943.97
- Friends Joined: 62,342
- Dollars Raised: $266,223.39
- Individual Donors: 2,495
- Event Attendants: 1,317
- Products Purchased Benefiting EMC: 1,047,337
Total actions: 4,932,727