Having a baby is a joyous time, but complications can turn joy into tragedy. In Tanzania, maternal mortality accounts for 18 percent of the deaths in women aged 15 to 49*. Delivering in unsanitary surroundings are a major factor – and one that can easily be overcome. A $50 donation pays for a birthing kit filled with supplies for a safe, sanitary delivery.
Here is what your contribution buys:
- Sterile Gloves: For medical staff to wear when delivering the baby
- Infant Cap: For covering the newborn’s head so the child’s body retains heat
- Soap: For cleaning the mother and child
- Cord Tie: For tying the umbilical cord after birth
- Betadine: An antiseptic that prevents infection
- Suction Bulb: For removing mucus from the newborn’s mouth and nose
- Plastic Bags: For holding instruments and removing trash after delivery
- Mesoprostol: For preventing excessive bleeding during delivery
- Gauze 4×4: For cleaning blood
- Scissors: For cutting the umbilical cord
- Kanga cloth: For the mother to wear as a dress or skirt
- Blanket: For covering the newborn
- Two Towels: For sponging the mother and child
Other ways to give
Give online, or you can send a check or money order to AHEAD, 6324 Windermere Circle, Rockville, Md. 20852.
You can also give through your job. AHEAD is a member of Independent Charities of America (ICA) and participates in the Combined Federal Campaign. If you work in the federal government, donate to AHEAD by selecting (CFC code #12146). Ask if your employer offers a matching contribution program.
A little money does a lot of good
- $75 buys 3 solar cooker and utensils that help families purify water and cook
- $250 pays an orphan’s tuition to secondary or vocational school
- $150 feeds and medicates a child
Your contribution is tax-deductible. AHEAD is a 501(c)3 organization that is recognized in the United States and Tanzania.
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*source: World Health Organization