African Mothers Health Initiative

Rating: 4.94 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services

Location: 6808 Belford Dr Takoma Park MD 20912 USA

Mission: In Malawi maternal and infant mortality rates are among the highest in the world. Hospitals and clinics are severely understaffed, meaning that even when critically ill women and children reach a facility in time to save their lives they do not receive the care they need in time. This is a huge problem, we are a small organization doing what we can in this environment. We offer high quality personal care to those women and children we reach, prioritizing quality over quantity, and always holding up the truth that even a small difference is a significant difference especially when made with compassion and love.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

After having spent many years in Malawi I was excited to finally come across an organization serving a very important need in the country: the gap in clinical care for recent mothers and babies after returning from hospital childbirth to their homes. I was even more excited to find that this AMHI is extraordinarily well-managed and organized, and run by a group of dedicated and indefatigable volunteers. I joined the board of AMHI shortly after getting in touch with the founder, and feel honored to be part of the cause.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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AMHI continues to do what others cannot: provide care to Malawian mothers and babies who barely survive birth. The non-profit works in Malawi because it can make a difference there. Malawi is one of the world's poorst, least resourced countries; consequently, the death rate for mothers and babies is very high. Many Malawian women and children die in the hours and days after birth. AMHI provides postpartum nursing care because the Malawian public health system cannot provide this assistance and because no other non-profit has focused on this need. AMHI's unique model of hiring and building the capacity of Malawian nurses strengthens the country's own human health resources without depleting them. And AMHI works with communities, not only patients, to teach and empower families and villages to care for their own vulnerable mothers and babies and to prevent future maternal and child health crises. For these many reasons, I support AMHI with my time and treasure. Others wishing to make a meaningful impact should do the same.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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9 people found this review helpful

AMHI is an organization that has stepped into a breach of poverty and death to support maternal and child health services that no other group provides. AMHI's work is vital and compelling, and it has drawn me in. First, I volunteered for the organization and donated the occasional $50 to it. I was helping moms and babies, so why not? Then, I became the organization's Policy Advisor and would spend a couple hours a week reviewing grant applications and helping with strategy. The work was interesting and the need was great, so why not? Then, I got married and asked all my guests to donate to AMHI. I returned most of my wedding presents so I could give that money to AMHI, too. Malawian moms and babies needed the money so much more than I, so why not? Then, I joined AMHI's board and spend several hours a week on its work. I don't really have the time, but AMHI's employees, Beatrice and Joanne, have given so much of themselves to the cause, so why not? I only wish I had more time and treasure to give AMHI. Every minute and every penny have made and do make a difference.

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

AMHI has empowered women in Malawi by involving mothers in their own care, and by working with communities to improve provision of perinatal care.

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

the knowledge that I am supporting real, immediate, and needed perinatal care for moms and babies in Malawi.

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

saintly. Really. AMHI's founder, Joanne, may well be a modern Mother Theresa. She has given everything she has to AMHI.

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

- provide more care to moms who are very sick postpartum. - give formula to every baby whose mother didn't survive childbirth. - hire and train more contract nurses to follow moms and their families for the first year post-delivery. - provide more nursing kits, with bandages and antiseptic, to nurses. - provide supplemental food to sick moms, to support their healing and their production of breastmilk for their infants. - develop laboring mom evacuation plans for every Malawian community, so no more moms die in childbirth.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

This organization is dedicated to improving maternal and child survival and health in Malawi. AMHI has achieved a great deal with limited resources through its grassroots efforts and the commitment of its volunteers, who have worked steadily toward supporting an increasing number of mothers and babies who need help to survive the consequences of maternal morbidity. AMHI is about hope and love, and the triumph of persistence for gains both great and small.

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

Being inspired by my indefatigable fellow volunteers (especially AMHI's founder!), and the work of the sister nonprofit that AMHI currently supports in Malawi (Joyful Motherhood).

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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11 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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