Ten years ago, Martin established 50 Women’s Self-Help Groups in the villages of his project area to address adult illiteracy, teach basic hygiene, manage internal savings and micro-loans, and develop a coordinated response to issues that concern them. Three years ago the leaders approached Martin with a specific issue that troubled them – on average, 7 women and 12 babies were dying during pregnancy and childbirth each year in the project area. Martin responded by hiring three nurses to address maternal health in the 50 villages. The nurses monitor and test each pregnant woman every month, train them in care of themselves and the babies, provide nutritional supplements, and refer them for medical help when dangerous conditions arise. Only one mother died the first year of the project, and no mother or child has died since. We are proud to help support such an effective project!
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