The 100X Development Foundation will present at the InfoPoverty World Conference this week at the United Nations. Co-Founder, Lindy Blanchard will discuss ways that 100X is helping to leverage maternal health and orphans and vulnerable children’s issues in Malawi with technology informed approaches. 100X Initiatives include an innovative maternal health approach that both educates and connects villages in Malawi with maternal health information and tools as well as ongoing efforts to strengthen and nourish children in Malawi that are orphans. Nearly 1 million orphans have been left in this African nation by poverty and HIV/AIDS and more than 800 women per 100,000 will die in child birth.
On Wednesday, December 8, the 100X team met with Her Excellency the First Lady of Malawi to discuss our current projects in Malawi and to collaborate on a maternal health program. Mrs. Mutharika is a strong advocate for maternal health programming in Malawi, and 100X is looking forward to working with her on this important project.
Right now, 1 in 18 women in Malawi will die during their lifetime due to complications and lack of medical care during pregnancy and delivery. For every 100,000 births that occur in Malawi this year, more than 800 mothers will die during delivery or shortly after because of complications. These deaths are preventable.
100X is working with Mrs. Mutharika and others to develop a program that will provide training and nutrition to pregnant mothers, and then strengthen the capacity of midwives and community healthcare workers to respond to the needs of mothers in areas where obstetric care is systematically lacking.