When Jhpiego began working in Afghanistan, the towers of the World Trade Center had already fallen. The pain and tragedy of those moments had clarified for many the need for a safer world. The founders of the Safer World Fund who lost loved ones on September 11 chose to engage people in the fight against terrorism in a life-affirming way—by supporting basic education, vocational training and health care for impoverished people, especially girls and women, living in some of the poorest places on earth.
Jhpiego knows the power of such work in Afghanistan. When the organization arrived in Kabul in 2003, there were only 467 trained midwives to serve a population of 21 million. One in eight women died in childbirth. The national maternal mortality ratio then registered at 1,600 per 100,000 births compared to 11 per 100,000 in the United States.
Jhpiego, working with the Ministry of Health in Afghanistan, set out to create a national system to educate midwives. Developing a curriculum, standards and a structure as well as a strategy to ensure midwifery coverage of the country’s most remote area, Jhpiego is working hard with many partners to reduce the appalling numbers of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth.
Today, there are more than 3,000 midwives to help women in childbirth. Not only do these women save the lives of their sisters, they are employed and helping to support their families and empower their daughters.
The Safer World Fund, in honor of the 10th Anniversary of September 11th, has chosen Jhpiego and a few select organizations in Afghanistan and Pakistan to support by matching at 50% individual donations up to $2,000.
What an opportunity to have greater impact with your donation and help the mothers of the world.
Please consider a donation to Jhpiego at www.globalgiving.org