What We Do
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
"By combining effective training with screening and resource program that prepare healthier mothers and supportive midwives, we know that this will result in more mothers being able to live, love and raise their own children.” –Lindy Blanchard
Estimates suggest that more than 350,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth each year—approximately 40 women per hour. Ninety-nine percent of these deaths occur in developing countries, and nearly all of them are preventable.
Maternal death can be dramatically reduced with education and medical support, but in rural areas, access is severely limited. Visits to the clinic require traveling long distances—something that those who are poor simply cannot afford or do not prioritize. As a result, many mothers die from hemorrhaging or other treatable complications. We can help prevent these deaths.
Live to Love Initiative
The Live to Love initiative delivers education and nutrition for the nation’s poorest villages so that fewer mothers will die and leave their children as orphans in a nation already overrun with need. The initiative will launch in Malawi—with the intention of developing similar programs throughout the continent once the program is established.
Live to Love will provide vital resources to pregnant mothers, and strengthen the capacity of midwives and community healthcare workers to respond to the needs of mothers in areas where obstetric care is systematically lacking.
Education. Through our education program, pregnant women will be taught the importance of nutrition and hygiene, how to avoid unsafe practices, and how to mitigate, recognize and respond to common pregnancy complications.
Nutrition. We are working with with the award winning international health expert, Dr. Mark Manary & Project Peanut Butter to develop a food product specifically formulated to meet the nutritional needs of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Research indicates that proper nutrition is vital to reducing complications during pregnancy and delivery. It also ensures that infants receive adequate nutrition in utero and after birth—critical to protect against stunting.
HIV/AIDS Screening. In an effort to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS, women will also be granted the opportunity to receive free HIV screening via Winnie’s Footprint. If positive, they will be offered ART through the free clinic at Blessings Hospital.
Midwifery Training. A midwifery training and simulation program will educate midwives and community healthcare workers in prenatal care and emergency obstetric care. Certified medical professionals, as well as a nurse volunteer corps composed of students from Kamuzu College, Auburn University and other universities will help develop and conduct the training.
Across the globe, nurses are often the first point of contact when visiting a healthcare facility, and they are charged with the task of ensuring that each patient receives access to appropriate care as prescribed by their physician. To be an effective nurse, one must have the ability to care for someone physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and medicinally: in other words, to care for the mind, body and soul.
In developing countries, nurses are not only the first point of contact—they are often the only healthcare worker available. Arguably, they must be better equipped and more highly trained than those working where doctors are available to answer complex questions.
Through partnership with the Kamuzu College of Nursing (Malawi) and Auburn University’s School of Nursing (US), we are working to train and equip nursing students with the resources they need to care for the well-being of every patient.