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Review for African Mothers Health Initiative, Takoma Park, MD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Review for African Mothers Health Initiative, Takoma Park, MD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Role:  Board Member & AMHI has a hard working board. We monitor all programs, write all grants, develop all budgets, create all policies for the organization.