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Pregnant in Uganda: Keep A Mother Alive

If you have ever been pregnant then you will understand the trials and tribulations I am about to write. When you first find out you have a life growing inside of you, you feel scared. Scared about the type of mother you will be and maybe, “how in the world is my body going to do this?” Or, maybe not? Maybe you first feel joy and then the reality sinks in as the weeks pass and the doctor visits became a little more overwhelming, then maybe you feel a little fear. Thankfully here in the States we have a support system of knowledgeable people, from our friends who know it all, our family who knows best, and our team of medical experts who keep it real.

The pregnant women in the Ugandan villages are often adolescent girls who should be worried about tomorrow’s spelling test or having silly talks with their girlfriends.  Sometimes they are married women or young women forced into their situation. Nonetheless, they inspire me because despite many obstacles they carry on without showing much fear. With very little to no exposure to prenatal care or access to delivery services or emergency obstetric care, these young women appear to be fearless and ready to face their future, which may include a motorcycle ride on uneven dirt roads, while in labor, to the nearest medical facility.

However, according to experts, adolescent mothers are twice as likely as older mothers to die during childbirth and only 41% of births are attended by skilled personnel. Furthermore, most of those young mothers are poor, uneducated, and are more likely to deliver at home than in a hospital which puts them at the highest risk of death.

“Pregnant adolescents are in a dark void of helplessness and hopelessness, waiting to be rescued,” says Dr. Olive Ssentumbwe Mugisa, the WHO advisor on family and population health.

A young mother-to-be should never feel hopeless.  One of my wishes for these young women is that they have a safe place where they can learn about pregnancy, the importance of prenatal care, and a skilled person or doctor who can deliver the baby in any situation.

Since its founding, Just Like My Child Foundation and Bishop Asili Hospital have been providing pre-natal care and education viagra super active uk

and most emergency obstetrical interventions, including C-sections, ultrasound diagnosis, infrastructure for blood supply and AIDS treatment and medical staff to care for post-partum mother and child.

I am very happy to report the maternal mortality rate in the catchment area of Bishop Asili has been drastically reduced because of access to this care. A gleaming new surgical facility staffed by highly trained physicians awaits a mother in any form of distress. An ultrasound machine allows doctors to diagnose quickly, and allows a mother to see her baby’s heartbeat. Two ambulances are available to bring her to the hospital if she’s waited until labor has already started, no motorcycle required.

That is Project Keep A Mother Alive. It’s as simple as educating and alleviating some fears in young expectant

mothers and even seasoned veterans in motherhood. Changing a life for the better isn’t hard – Just $30 will help save a mother’s life today. By clicking here, you can donate and jump-start a new life in the right direction.

 

 

5 Things Just Like My Child is Most Proud Of

It’s been a BIG year for JLMC! Below are five things my team and I are most proud of (and a pic of just a few of us):

From Left to Right: Program Director, Tessa Davis; Country Director, Dena Lewerke; Founder, Vivian Glyck; Operations Coordinator, Ruthie Espanol.

1) The Girl Power Project – Betty was a very little girl, going to a dilapidated school deep in the bush of Uganda when she was sexually assaulted by her teacher – the very person she was supposed to learn from and trust!

This year we came to Betty’s school to engage her in The Girl Power Project — our empowerment/life skills training program aimed at girls just like her. Finally she had a chance, together with her friends who had also been abused, to tell her story and have a chance at JUSTICE. As a result, the teacher was arrested!

2) Project Keep a Mother Alive – This year, the Just Like My Child Operating Theater at Asili Hospital was finally complete. The committed surgeons and staff are now saving the lives of many mothers and children. Today, dire, tragic stories of women dying in childbirth at the hospital have been replaced with countless happy endings!

3) We’re becoming experts! In 2008, together with a zealous community of parents, we began working on our first primary school. It took over eight months to build the school, and although everyone worked very hard, the process seemed to take forever. A few things have changed since then!

Our sixth school will be started in the beginning of 2011, and it’s taking between just three and four months to build a school! Rapid results keep communities motivated, get kids into great facilities sooner, and provides an incentive for the next community that wants a school.

4) Heifer International and JLMC are negotiating a partnership to expand our Project GRACE micro-enterprise program and put hundreds of families in business! We’ve got to raise $50,000 before we can give the partnership a “go”, but that’s never stopped us, and we’re so proud to be invited by Heifer to take part in a project together!

5) Our Team! Just Like My Child’s growing team of Americans and Ugandans are viagra pfizer uk helping to build capacity and move our projects forward in Uganda. I’m constantly amazed and gratified at the caliber and vision of our team to mobilize entire communities to lift themselves up. Go team!

Our plans for 2011 are as ambitious as ever, and there’s so much more work to be done.

You and I both know that the biggest changes begin with the smallest steps. Find out how you can be part of our work.

Click through to watch a short video where I share my story and my reasons for doing this work. I hope it inspires you to recommit yourself to helping others this New Year. I hope you’ll take a minute to think about the impact you want to make in 2011 — then make a contribution. If you’d prefer to send a check rather than donate online, please send to: Just Like My Child Foundation, PO Box 22025, San Diego, CA 92122.

P.S. Just $10 will pay for a coaching program that empowers a girl to stand up for herself; pay for legal training that empowers a woman to use the legal system to fight domestic violence in her home; buy an insecticide-treated bed net to protect up to three children.

$300 will give a family a pair

of animals and complete business building training, to build a livestock business.