Give The Gift Of Maternal Health – Cusco International #CusoCan

Please take a moment to read this sponsored post. Here, in Canada, we are very lucky to have the maternal health system we do. Not everyone is so lucky.

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This time of year, Moms are grateful for their children and the joy they bring to the holiday season. Here in Canada, we’re fortunate to have access to amazing doctors, midwives and other maternal health professionals. They all work very hard to help our greatest gifts arrive safely.

Mothers in other parts of the world aren’t so lucky

In countries like Ethiopia, that isn’t always the case. In Pawe, a small community in rural Ethiopia, mothers like Abeba have their babies in health centres that aren’t equipped for unexpected circumstances. Simple challenges that seem like a small hiccup in the labour process here can lead to tragedy. The health professionals don’t always have specialized training, and infection and life threating complications are common.

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A Canadian midwife is making a difference

Jennica, a midwife from BC, volunteered to live in Pawe to help share her skills and knowledge with the doctors and midwives at Pawe Health Centre. She worked with the doctors and midwives to use monitors to help identify babies in distress. Digital monitoring is so common place here, you’d probably have a hard time finding someone who wasn’t monitored for at least part of her labour at the hospital. So, it’s easy to forget that this simple process can mean the difference between a life saved and a life lost.

Trained volunteers like Jennica save lives

Cuso International is a charity that has been sending volunteers around the world to help communities thrive and grow. The Maternal Health program, like the one in Pawe, is helping to save the lives of moms like Abeba and countless other women and little ones that are home with their families this holiday. With more training and better hospital practices, health workers in Pawe can recognize danger signs earlier, treat them faster, and help more moms deliver their babies safely.

Volunteer Healthcare - Cuso International

You can help too

While you’re sharing this time with your family, you can help ensure that mothers around the world can do the same. The Cuso CAN Fund was established to give you the chance to support Cuso International’s high priority maternal and child health projects in Ethiopia, Benin, Tanzania, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In all these places, pregnant and labouring moms need the kind of trained, compassionate care you had when you delivered your children. Help send Canadian medical volunteers into communities to save the lives of moms and babies.

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Thank you for taking the time to read. Cherish your family and have a very, merry Christmas!