At any given time in Sierra Leone, 1 in 20 women die because of pregnancy and childbirth, putting the country in the top three most dangerous places in the world to have a baby. The mortality rate of infants and children under 5 is also among the highest globally: 122 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Because many of these deaths are completely preventable when the right care is available, supporters like you are allowing Mercy Hospital to continue changing situations like this for mothers and babies like Jane and her newborn.
Jane lives in a remote village with no access to healthcare. In addition to not being able to pay for treatment, she had to walk for about 3 hours on rough roads to access the nearest clinic during her pregnancy. Sometimes Jane and her friends had to walk at night to the clinic, passing through bushes and mushy swamps.
“We would use flashlights to see where we were going. It was so scary,” she said.
Over 50% of Sierra Leone’s population lives in rural areas, and most of these places have limited or no access to health care.
Many of these women cannot afford the high cost of transport to reach a hospital and this is compounded by extreme poverty, poor roads, and a lack of basic medical supplies in most clinics. By the time a woman experiencing complications in childbirth does manage to reach a clinic and be admitted for treatment, it may be too late.
"During my first pregnancy, I started experiencing labor pains late in the evening. However, to get to the health center, 10 miles away, I had to walk for about three hours as well as cross two swamps and a muddy river.”
Before the intervention at Mercy Hospital, Jane was very worried about her survival and her baby's life. Her enrollment in the maternity program gave her hope. She was given excellent care and gave birth safely to a beautiful baby girl.
Your gift today can help pregnant moms like Jane get a taxi ride to the clinic, saving them hours of walking.
Sierra Leone has one of the highest infant and children under 5 mortality rates in the world: 122 deaths per 1,000 live births.
What can you give today to help save a mother, and create a healthy start for babies and newborns?
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