Approximately 61% of maternal deaths occur in places experiencing weather-related disasters, political upheaval, and humanitarian crises.

We fund community-based response efforts to fill the gaps in care and services when the breakdown of health systems can cause a dramatic rise in preventable maternal deaths.

Guatemala

Corazón del Agua

Crisis: Volcano Fuego Eruption

2018 Grant: $16,000

Support: Doctor and midwife visits to shelters in Escuintla to assist women and children displaced by the Volcano Fuego eruption in June 2018 and for critical supplies, medicines, and volunteer health workers’ transport, and other related needs.

Bangladesh

HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh

Crisis: Rohingya Refugee Crisis

2018 Grant: $10,000

Support: Mobilize an emergency public health response to meet the needs of over 500,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, deploying mobile health clinics and setting up a temporary field hospital to provide primary, maternity, emergency, and mental healthcare.

Bangladesh

HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh

Crisis: Emergency Preparedness

2018 Grant: $37,000

Support: Train and equip multidisciplinary Emergency Preparedness teams of providers to act immediately to provide medical treatment, referrals, and evacuation in response to destruction resulting from monsoon rains in the Kutupalong refugee camp and Cox’s Bazar.

United States

Circle of Health International (Texas)

Crisis: Hurricane Harvey

2017 Grant: $39,075

Support: Cash grants for women and their families affected by Hurricane Harvey to enable them to pay for medicines, food, supplies, and hotel rooms and for trauma counseling in shelters for evacuees.

United States

Commonsense Childbirth (Florida)

Crisis: Mold

2018 Grant: $10,000

Support: Following a building emergency and ensuing mold at the Pine Hills Easy Access Clinic, funding support was provided to transport 60 pregnant or postnatal women two days per week to the Winter Garden location for care; to store equipment, machines, and supplies; and for various other expenses.

United States

Commonsense Childbirth (Florida)

Crisis: Zika Virus

2017 Grant: $18,600

Support: Outreach and education to marginalized and underserved populations to prevent Zika Virus transmission in Florida.

United States

Commonsense Childbirth (Florida)

Crisis: Zika Virus

2016 Grant: $20,200/$15,500

Support: Outreach and education to marginalized and underserved populations to prevent Zika Virus transmission in Florida.

United States

Circle of Health International (Puerto Rico)

Crisis: Hurricane Maria

2017–2018 Grant: $30,000

Support: Provide and train clinical teams to give direct care and logistical support on the ground, distribute essential medicines, and provide cash grants to midwives following Hurricane Maria.

United States

We Care Solar (St. Croix)

Crisis: Hurricane Maria

2017 Grant: $3,600

Support: Supply We Care Solar suitcases to a shelter in St. Croix post-Hurricane Maria to provide electricity.

Nepal

One Heart Worldwide

Crisis: Gorkha Earthquake

2017 Grant: $25,000

Support: Provision of 10 Solar Suitcases, supplies, essential medicines, blankets, and hats for medical camps in post-earthquake Nepal.

Nepal

One Heart Worldwide

Crisis: Gorkha Earthquake

2016 Grant: $28,500

Support: Post-earthquake renovation and upgrade of Melamchi Health Center in Sindupalchok district, including construction, maintenance, and materials.

Nepal

One Heart Worldwide

Crisis: Gorkha Earthquake

2015 Grant: $25,000

Support: Renovation and upgrade of the Toksel and Balakhu health posts in Okhaldhunga district, which were destroyed in the 2015 earthquake.

Haiti

Maison de Naissance

Crisis: Hurricane Matthew

2016 Grant: $15,000

Support: Rebuilding and recovery of the Maison de Naissance birth center in Torbeck, along with critical and basic supplies for renovation and safe birth, in response to the damage from Hurricane Matthew.

Haiti

Midwives For Haiti

Crisis: Zika Virus

2016 Grant: $9,300

Support: Provision of education, outreach, and supplies to prevent Zika virus transmission in Haiti.

Haiti

We Care Solar

Crisis: Hurricane Matthew

2016 Grant: $28,980

Support: In response to Hurricane Matthew, purchase and related shipping and installation costs for 12 Solar Suitcases, distributed to various clinics throughout Haiti.

Syria

Circle of Health International

Crisis: Civil War

2015 Grant: $40,350

Support: Training for six professional Syrian midwives to provide emergency obstetric care and trauma-based care, and provision of critical supplies and medicines in Syria.