Walk to Save a Mother
This May you can be an advocate for change in your community.
Why We Walk
Every day over 800 women die of pregnancy and childbirth related complications and over half of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Even more shocking is the fact that almost all maternal mortalities can be prevented if births are attended by skilled attendants, which include doctors, nurses and/or midwives. However, social norms often prevent women from seeking skilled care. These social norms can be grouped into three delays that lead to untimely care: the delay in decision making, the delay in travel to the nearest health centre and the delay in receiving adequate care once arriving at the
health centre. Delays in care can and do lead to deaths. The death of a mother not only impacts her unborn child, but it also impacts her family and the other children she may be leaving behind who rely on her to care for them. Many of these children are often left orphaned. By saving the life of a mother you are giving her family a better opportunity for an improved quality of life.
Why Host a Walk?
By organizing a walk you are helping to bring awareness to the issue of maternal mortality. Additionally, fundraising helps to bring about sustainable change for thousands of mothers in East Africa through Save the Mothers’ initiatives. There are also many other great benefits to hosting a walk:
• It is a great way to engage the community.
• Hosting a walk gives the community a chance to be active.
• It is a thoughtful way to give thanks to mothers.
• Organizing a walk can be easy to do and so rewarding.
• We give you the opportunity to organize a walk that fits your schedule and ability as a
• We will give you tools to help make the event a success.
Contact us to get started! We will be happy to provide you with more resources.
Donations from the walks go towards various programs within STM. One program is the Student Scholarship Program, which aims to financially assist students with their Masters education while in STM’s Master in Public Health Leadership Program.
Scholarships enable many students to learn through the program so they are then able to go out into their communities and bring about lasting change.
Another initiative that can be funded through donations is the Mother Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. For $10,000 a hospital can become one of our Mother Baby Friendly Hospitals, which equips it with the materials and protocols to help prevent maternal mortalities and give mothers more dignified birthing experiences.
STM students and volunteers make several trips throughout the school year to visit rural communities, schools and medical clinics. Donations help with the costs of these outreach visits.