Safer Motherhood for All

Every day worldwide, women die from preventable causes that result from pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries where deep poverty prevents women from seeking, reaching, and receiving medical care. In the isolated areas of rural Ethiopia, the majority of women deliver alone at home without skilled medical assistance.

As a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that Ethiopia has one of the highest maternal and neonatal mortality rates in the world. What’s more, without access to medical care, women who survive delivery in these rural areas are often left with debilitating complications (i.e. obstetric fistula and uterine, bladder, and/or rectal prolapse with associated incontinence) that destroy the quality of their lives and result in in social ostracism, depression, and economic hardship.

It is possible to change these statistics. The WHO has determined that skilled assistance at the time of delivery is the single most important intervention that can improve the outcome for pregnant women and neonates.

To this end, the Village Health Partnership (VHP) is working with the local communities to ensure that medical facilities and healthcare providers in rural Ethiopia are adequately prepared to provide appropriate medical assistance at the time of delivery. VHP also provides treatment for the women who suffer from debilitating complications of childbirth.

Today, with your help, VHP is changing the lives of women in rural Ethiopia – one mother at a time.