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May 30, 2010

I had a challenging pregnancy and delivery and while I was on bedrest I had the priviledge of learning more about the African Mothers Health Initiative. This non-profit inspired me to be thankful for what I had surrounding me in my situation, but it also brought awareness to both me and me family, that my tough moments pale in comparison to what the African Mothers Health Initiative deals with on a regular basis. Due to the local environment in Malawi, access to technology, and healthcare costs, the mortality rate of both infants and their mothers is extremely high after birth. African Mothers Health initiative works hard to better the chances of survival by primarily raising money to supply formula as well as doctors and nurses to these families. For example, right now they have one nurse covering more than 100 babies and do not have adequate transportation. They desperately need funds for more staff as well as a better vehicle in order to quickly provide more care. There are few, if any, organizations like the African Mothers Health Initiative, addressing these specific problems. I was personally moved with the interactions I had with the genuine people managing the non-profit. Additionally, I was touched by the many stories of how mothers and their babies could really have a much better chance at life because of what the African Mothers Initiative offers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have contributed funds and as a result I have gotten specific details of the 2 families impacted.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to bring them more awareness so they could impact more mothers and babies.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

having an impact on mothers and their children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

genuinely invested in bettering the loves of mothers and their babies.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save lives.

Ways to make it better...

I could do more to raise awareness.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

their ability to get the support they need locally.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 30, 2010

This organisation is working very well with the Malawian community and is a necessary service to babies and families where the mother has died in childbirth. There is a long term committment for supporting and educating the families. The local government hospital offers a referral service where the staff can communicate with the families and community care team. Also the mothers who have had more than one baby are followed up and extra milk supplies as the infant death rates are high in multiple births. This initiative is invaluable for the families in the Lilongwe district.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Malawi

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting wonderful women living hand to mouth surviving

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 29, 2010

I met the founder of AMHI, Joanne, 11 years ago. We worked together and although our career paths diverged we kept in contact. Three years ago, on her way back from working in Malawi she stopped by and told me about some of the work she was doing following infants whose mothers died in childbirth and caring for moms who were severely ill after childbirth. She said people from all over were inspired and had offered their support. She questioned the idea of starting a nonprofit and I told her I would do anything to make it a reality. I knew if there was one woman who could make a difference, it was Joanne. I am continuously inspired by Joanne's humility and humanity. She has empowered Malawian women to care for those in need and she has chosen to work with those who demonstrate great compassion. I am proud to be a part of the organization not just because of the number of lives that have been positively impacted by AMHI's support but more so that the work has been done in a sensitive and culturally appropriate manner.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a board member, I receive the reports and feedback about the work being done on the ground in Malawi. The stories of women we are supporting is overwhelming at times. But, I am so proud of the work being done in this neglected area of public health.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

When I reached out to African Mothers Health Initiative to volunteer while traveling. I was initially impressed by their personal dedication to their mission, the promptness of their response and the flexibility with planning and utilization of my skills. My admiration only grew when I saw first hand the effects of their efforts on the ground in Malawi. The Malawian nurse staff on the ground are among the most dedicated and resourceful individuals I have had the privilege to know. I was touched over and over again by their genuineness in interactions with mothers/guardians and infants in the children in numerous village visits. The nurses delivered concrete supplies and knowledge about infant development/nutrition/hygiene to remote villages that literally make the difference between life and death one infant at a time. I have only positive things to say about my interaction with both the local staff in Malawi and in the US. Would highly recommend as a life changing experience on many levels.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the direct impact to infants and guardians/mothers. They received concrete supplies that are impossible to secure otherwise. They and received professional support in both knowledge and support. All women in the villages benefited as well by knowledge

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer more nurses to help meet the need which is larger than can currently be meet with current staff. I would also help the organization to secure the technology supplies and skills to utilize technology to track and evaluate their impact.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to work with local staff who know how to create change and impact change in a culturally competent manner. Also the chance to help both in the field and in the office. They were very flexible about how I could assist.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Local nurses who have provided services in the local arena for decades and are driven by passion to continue to address this issue in the field.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the outrageously high infant/material death rate in the country. Increase self-sufficiency in remote villages It would also continue to be driven by local staff and input which would create multiple levels of change in communities and individuals

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of funding to expand to meet the needs on the ground in Malawi.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if you want to work with an organization that is driven by local needs meet by local people this is the place. They are extremely dedicated to impact the infant/material epidemic that is facing Malawi.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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