Look through a different lens this Christmas
It's easy to allow our thoughts to create a happier circumstance as we enter the Christmas season, however the reality for many women and their children in the developing world is rather sober. With the majority of travel being pedestrian in places like Malawi, DR Congo, Kenya and Haiti, getting to the hospital requires hours of walking on lonely unpaved roads. Some may only reach a nearby clinic and might experience an overworked staff with limited resources. Some could be turned away from the nearest hospital because their wards are full, or they are unable to pay for the services they are in critical need of at that moment.
Women like Denise who had no one to turn to and attempted to sell her very own bed to make up for the hospital fees she was unable to pay. Or Derosier who experienced tragic loss of both husband and mother while pregnant with twins, and was not able to pay the NICU fees that accumulated over days. Thankfully in both cases MBF partner, Hôpital Ste. Croix was able to help to ensure these precious new lives were able to have a healthy start.
While poverty factors into much of what happens in the lives of mothers and children, partners like you bring hope and redemption to the otherwise dire situations. Because of the resources you have been able to share through the years, our international partners are able to better meet the needs of their surrounding communities, and are saving more lives due to preventative measures taken in the arena of pre- and post-natal care. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a decrease globally of the infant mortality rate from an estimated 65 deaths per 1000 live births in 1990 to 29 deaths per 1000 live births in 2017. Annual infant deaths have declined from 8.8 million in 1990 to 4.1 million in 2017, and it will continue to decrease as our partners move toward sustainability.