Be an Advocate for Change: Walk to Save a Mother

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Be an Advocate for Change: Walk to Save a Mother2018-11-30T17:13:00+00:00

Be an Advocate for Change: Host a Walk to Save a Mother

Every day over 800 women will die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. Over half of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa (WHO, 2018).

This May 2019, join Save the Mothers and people across North America who are leading walks to save the lives of mothers in East Africa.
Brantford Walk
Brantford Walk
Brantford Walk

ABOUT THE WALK

Every year we take a day to celebrate our mothers. What better way to say “I love you mom” than to participate in a charity event that will save the lives of the world’s most vulnerable women and children!
Save the Mothers, a registered Canadian charity, is hosting a 5 km Walk to Save Mothers in communities across North America to raise awareness and support to improve maternal and child health in the developing world. It is open to participants of all ages (those under 16 must have a parent authorize their participation).

WE’RE LOOKING FOR LEADERS TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP!

WHY HOST A WALK IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

Hosting a walk is a great way to bring together your community to make a big difference. By hosting a walk, you will be educating people about the tragedy of maternal mortality in East Africa, and you will be raising funds to do something about it. Leading a walk is a gratifying and fun way to volunteer your time, develop your leadership skills, and get to know your community, all while being an advocate for powerful, systemic change.

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

Interested?  Download this info sheet, or get in touch with Emily Bryson, 2019 Walk Coordinator at walk@savethemothers.org.

WHY WE’RE WALKING

Nearly every two minutes a mother dies from preventable pregnancy and childbirth complications! Those deaths result in a growing number of orphans, whose lives are also at risk. We believe that by saving a mother from preventable death, we are saving the person most likely to ensure the care, education and health of the next generation. Women are also major contributors to their local economies. The high number of maternal deaths in some areas of the world reflects inequities in access to health services, and highlights the gap between rich and poor. Almost all maternal deaths (99%) occur in developing countries. More than half of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and one third occur in South Asia.

WHERE DO THE DONATIONS GO?

STM’s Student Scholarship Program: Most of our students cannot afford the cost of travel, accommodation and tuition. Your investment equips them to learn and spread life-saving information in their communities across East Africa.

Adopt–a–Hospital: $10,000 will help four hospitals become “Mother Baby Friendly,” meeting certain baseline standards of care for safe childbirth, including everything from mattresses to running water to medicines.

Faculty Compensation: Our East African academic faculty make sacrifices to give their time and expertise to our program. Their wages are below industry standards in Uganda.

Community Outreach: STM students and volunteers make trips throughout the semester, to reach out to rural communities, schools and medical clinics.

For more information, or to obtain our “How to Host a Walk” manual, contact: walk@savethemothers.org