There are few moments in life as precious, and as dangerous as giving birth. Many of us have either experienced or know someone who has experienced birth-related complications and know how scary and even life-threatening this can be.
According to UNICEF, 2.4 million babies died in their first month of life in 2020. The majority of these deaths were preventable. Premature birth, infection, and labor and delivery complications are some of the leading causes of this incredible loss of life.
After asking the question, “What concerns you about going home?” the answer of a 26-year-old mom named Maria stopped me in my tracks. “I’m worried I will go home without my baby,” she said.
Infant Mortality in Afghanistan: A Story Changed By Jamie Forster, Marketing Coordinator Imagine for a moment that you are pregnant. Your local hospital recently shut down but even if it were open, you could not afford to go there. Many women and babies in your village have died in childbirth. You do not know if […]
Thousands of babies die every day around the world before they reach 28 days. Why is this happening? What can be done to stop it?
How Does Conflict Affect Newborn Babies? Written by: Executive Director, Heidi Cortez In modern-day conflicts, civilians are increasingly exposed to war. In an estimation, since 2011, one in four people in the world live in a conflict zone. Often in these conflicts, civilian locations are bombed, including healthcare facilities. War indirectly affects civilians by creating […]
Serving in this position humbles me. My humanitarian aid role has taken me around the world, where I have had amazing and sometimes harrowing experiences.
In global humanitarian work, there is a question we are often asked- Why should I care about what happens to babies and toddlers I will never meet that live in a country I will never visit? Or why should I help babies and toddlers in other countries when there is a need here in the US?
Work with Children, End Poverty Written by Regional NightCare Director, Matt Nathaniel Note: Reference to children includes babies and toddlers too. The world, in general, is not in the way it ought to be. Our greatest concern is poverty. The genuinely poor are those robbed of the ability to make choices for themselves – the […]
Why is the infant mortality rate so high in Afghanistan? Note to the reader: Names and images have been changed to protect identities. According to the CIA website, Afghanistan has the highest infant mortality rate in the world. In fact, 110.6 out of every 1,000 babies born in Afghanistan do not live to see their first […]