DIRECT RELIEF SUPPORTS MOTHERS AND BABIES WORLDWIDE

While pregnancy should be a time of joy and celebration, for many women in the developing world it can pose life-threatening challenges.The unfortunate reality is that a woman dies approximately every 90 seconds from complications during pregnancy and childbirth – more than 350,000 women each year. Nearly all of these deaths occur in developing countries.

Having a skilled birth attendant present during delivery is considered the single most critical intervention for ensuring safe births.

Direct Relief works to equip trained midwives with custom Midwife Kits, providing them with the tools they need to take care of the pregnant women in their communities. Each Midwife Kit provides necessary supplies for 50 births – with the average cost to support one safe birth being only $25.

Direct Relief’s goal is to enable 150,000 safe births by 2015. Direct Relief is committed to improving the quality and availability of maternal health services. Training and equipping midwives safeguards the health of women and their families.

To find out more visit DirectRelief.org
(Direct Relief has top charity ratings, including four- star and “top-notch” marks from Charity Navigator and 100% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes magazine.)

 PHOTO COURTESY OF ONE HEART
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