It Takes a Village is our campaign to unite parents with a shared goal – to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
Pregnant women and children are often the most vulnerable to serious health problems, but what happens when you live three days walk from the closest clinic? Or there simply aren’t enough trained health workers to support you through a difficult pregnancy?
Maternal health is a huge part of our work at Health Poverty Action. Not only do we support remote health facilities across Asia, Africa and Latin America, but we address the root causes of the problem – by tackling discrimination, by working alongside local government to improve infrastructure, and by providing training traditional birth attendants with the medical skills they need.
of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries
due to lack of access to healthcare, poor education and sometimes active discrimination. We work to tackle this.
pregnant women die every day
these deaths are a result of preventable complications during pregnancy or childbirth. This must change.
of live births had a skilled health worker present
things are improving, during the period 2012-2017 nearly 80 percent of births had a skilled health worker to attend. Change is happening.
Maternal Health in Namibia
Maternal health is a huge part of our work at Health Poverty Action. Not only do we support remote health facilities across Asia, Africa and Latin America, but we address the root causes of the problem – by tackling discrimination, by working alongside local government to improve infrastructure, and by providing training traditional birth attendants with the medical skills they need. Our work in Namibia is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
could support our Outreach Officers
they facilitate community discussions on family planning, reducing the risks of pregnancy by encouraging spacing between children.
could provide medical staff with support and training
the training allows them to implement quarterly blood drives, ensuring no women need to die from blood loss in childbirth.
could help to run a weekly radio show
it broadcasts programs on maternal health, allowing women in remote, inaccessible areas to receive the health education they need to keep themselves safe.
Meet our It Takes a Village Partners
"As a father, I have seen first-hand and felt the strong emotions and risks around childbirth. We are so fortunate to have great medical care in the UK, but there are so many places where mothers and children don’t have the resources needed. With my pregnant wife being one of the drivers in developing a naturally delicious grown up drink, I felt that Borrago should get behind the It Takes a Village campaign" - Tom Tuke-Hastings, Borrago’s founderMeet more Partners
Read our blog from Namibia
Sabrina, from our fundraising team, spent time in Namibia last year discovering stories from mothers and healthcare professionals who are part of the remote San community.Read the blog here