Since the very first Humanitarian Medical Kits for maternal care were shipped in 2013, Health Partners International of Canada and our partners have helped almost 10,000 mothers-to-be and their babies experience a healthy pregnancy and a safe birth.
“With Mother’s Day approaching, it is a good time for an update about HPIC’s Mother-Child health program,” says Catherine Sharouty, HPIC’s Program Manager. “There are three new projects we are working on to significantly improve health outcomes for mothers, babies and children in Kenya and Haiti.”
HPIC is starting a maternal child health project endorsed by the Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya, the Most Reverend Dr. Eliud Wabukala. In partnership with Anglican Development Services, HPIC will support three health facilities through the provision of medical relief focused on the needs of women and children paired with training and public awareness health campaigns. The first shipment is slated for this fall.
“The past few months have been a very exciting time for me as the program continues to grow and develop to reach more vulnerable mothers and children. I am proud of our achievements so far, none of which would have been possible without the support of our donors and the commitment of our partner organizations,” Catherine says. “In the developing world, women do not always have the supplies and health services available to help them during and after pregnancy.”
HPIC provides midwives and other health workers with the supplies and tools needed to help a mom have a safe birth and a healthy baby. One kit provides care to 50 mothers, 30 infants and 5 young children. “Those numbers are only for the consumables part of the kits. The equipment portion of the kit would help in giving care to thousands more mothers and babies,” Catherine says.
Another project that HPIC is working on is our part in a multi-year Global Affairs Canada-funded project with Plan Canada. The project, entitled Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and Children, will be implemented in several countries. HPIC is assessing needs and working on a needs list for the Haiti portion of the project. A first shipment will leave in 2017.
Currently HPIC’s logistics team is preparing a major provision of maternal care kits for The Salvation Army (TSA) in Kenya West. In June, HPIC will ship 100 kits of medicines and supplies and 50 equipment kits. This is the second phase of the project with TSA.
Reporting from the first phase indicated that the first shipment had a great impact. The village elders told the program personnel that “We are so grateful for this service. These medicines are helping our community.” One of the ways they provided care for mothers and babies was at a clinic under a tree. A mother of two said: “I am able to come for help, the nurse is very kind and gives us good advice.”
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