10,000 Happy Birthdays!
In many parts of the world, the day of birth is a day of celebration. But in the world’s poorest countries, the day of birth is the most dangerous day in a baby’s and mother’s life. Every year, 300,000 mothers and 2.7 million newborns die on the day of birth.
Most of these lives can be saved.
A well-trained midwife can make the difference between life and death. The Helping Babies Breathe and Helping Mothers Survive Bleeding After Birth programs provide hands-on training to identify, prevent, and treat the leading causes of newborn and maternal death. The training programs include affordable, durable simulators that can be taken to health facilities or schools for continuous on-site refresher trainings.
Through the 10,000 Happy Birthdays project, the midwifery associations in Malawi and Zambia have trained over 9,000 maternal and newborn care providers, in almost all districts and nursing schools in the two countries.
This is only the beginning
ICM seeks to support the Helping Babies Breathe and Helping Mothers Survive Bleeding After Birth programs in all member countries. As Chief Executive ICM Frances Ganges said, “We are looking forward to not only 10,000 happy birthdays, but many, many more.”
For more information, check out the 10,000 Happy Birthdays Facebook Page.