Celebrating a partnership to improve maternal health
The Canada-Africa Initiative to Address Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality project, will benefit people in four countries
By Mark Lukowski
CEO and child sponsor
I love to hear stories from our program areas in the communities where we work. So, I was excited to learn about SiriusXM radio personality, Sharon Caddy’s recent trip to meet women benefiting from our maternal- and child-health projects in Ethiopia.
The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) volunteer ambassador was impressed by the positive outcomes but reminded of the stark contrast in experience she had during the birth of her daughters in Canada. “I knew medical staff would be ready to deal with any emergency,” she said. “In rural Ethiopia, the concept of seeking medical attention for childbirth is new.”
She’s right. CCFC has been working, with the support of the Government of Canada, to increase the number of women who deliver their babies at health centres with trained professionals, rather than at home with traditional birth attendants. Lives are being saved.
We’re excited to do more on this front, so we’ve joined with Toronto’s Amref Health Africa, Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and Ottawa’s WaterAid Canada — with the support of the Government of Canada — on a $29-million project, which runs until 2020 in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania.
I’m excited and hopeful. Nearly two-million women, children and men will directly benefit from training, education and health services. What’s more, 1,000 health workers will be trained in maternal and newborn care, sanitation and hygiene.
This work reminds me of a quote by author Helen Keller. She said: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
To learn more about the project, visit ccfcanada.ca/caia-mnch.