Today, March 8th is International Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day is a day that we celebrate the social, economic, and political achievement of women, but also a time where we come together and shed light on places around the world where urgent change is needed.
Ghana holds a very special place in my heart. Four of my children were born and raised in Ghana before they became part of our family and my husband and I have traveled to this West African country almost ten times between the two of us. Today I’m going to share how you can make an impact by supporting maternal and child health in rural Ghana. You can support midwives and in turn, they can save mothers from preventable deaths and prevent children from growing up without mothers.
This topic may be foreign to you. You might not have any connections to Ghana and it’s hard to put yourself in the shoes of mothers who live so far away, but one of my desires through this website is to encourage women to make changes locally and globally, no matter what stage of life they are in.
It is hard to fathom living in a country where there is one physician per 10,000 people and most of those doctors are in the major cities. That means mothers in villages don’t have adequate access to a safe childbirth and maternal mortality is the highest cause of female deaths in Ghana. Most of these are deaths are preventable. This is where our support of Ghanaian midwives come in. There are 10.5 nurses and midwives per 10,000 people and so skilled midwives play a crucial role in providing a lifeline to millions of pregnant women in rural areas.
How You Can Help
This campaign aims to help Ghanaian midwives serving in these under-served regions, and through them, to help rural Ghanaian women and children. Your donation will enable GRMA to provide peer support visits to rural midwives, which will improve the quality of care these midwives provide to every mother and child that comes through their doors. Together, we can support independent midwives in Ghana to make pregnancy, childbirth, and early childhood safe for the women and families of these communities.
The goal is to raise $3,500 in 58 days. This is an attainable goal! I understand that you might not be in a position to give, but I will tell you the best giving is when you stretch yourself. Sharing on social media is just as important! Give here!
By giving, you are training midwives and helping reduce maternal and infant mortality rates. You are making a difference!