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First Baby is Born Safely at Our MCHC in Azad Kashmir!

Dear HOPE Friends,

This weekend we achieved a new milestone ๐Ÿ† in our fight to reduce Maternal ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿผ and Infant ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ Mortality in Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ - the first delivery of a baby from our eight Maternal and Child Health Centers took place at our MCHC in Langarpura, Azad Kashmir ๐Ÿ”๏ธ!

This moment ushers in what we hope to be the beginning of a new era in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. In these remote regions, the terrain is mountainous๐Ÿ”๏ธ and difficult to traverse and healthcare facilities ๐Ÿฅ are few and far between. Even if such facilities do exist, they are often not well-equipped and poor people simply cannot afford them . It is standard practice that poor mothers labored and delivered their children in their own homes.

Unfortunately the lack ๐Ÿšซ of accessible healthcare facilities ๐Ÿฅ for poor communities has led to adversely high Maternal ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿผ and Infant ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ Mortality rates in Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ, especially in cases where there are labor complications or medical intervention ๐Ÿฉบ is needed. MMR and IMR rates are higher in remote and rural areas such as Northern Pakistan ๐Ÿ”๏ธ versus urban metropolitan ๐Ÿ™๏ธ areas.

In Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ, 33% of maternal ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿผ deaths and 80% of infant ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ deaths are preventable!

HOPE has been working diligently to mitigate MMR and IMR in Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ by providing free/nominal cost quality prenatal ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿป and infant ๐Ÿฃ care to underserved communities. In urban slum areas of Karachi, we operate four Hospitals ๐Ÿฅ in which a total of 15,000 children are born safely each year.

In the Northern Areas of Pakistan ๐Ÿ”๏ธ, we have gone a step further and have equipped three new MCHCs in those regions (Langarpura, Garhi Habibullah, Mansehra) with birthing provisions, essentially making them mini-hospitals. This measure is a proactive step โœ… to ensure safe deliveries for both mothers ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿผ and children ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿป in those communities.

We are grateful ๐Ÿ’– to our all our generous supporters who have made regular contributions towards the construction ๐Ÿšœ of these facilities along with ensuring their smooth operations.

We would especially like to thank Darul Sadaqa786 and private donors for sponsoring the bulk of the construction ๐Ÿ”จ of our Langarpura, Azad Kashmir MCHC. Special gratitude to Yusuf Foundation for funding the construction ๐Ÿšœ and operations for both Garhi Habibullah, KPK and Mansehra, KPK. We could not have done this without your support!

If you would like to take part in Saving Maternal and Infant Lives in Pakistan, please donate to our Global Giving campaign. Currently, all donations to HOPE's Save Maternal and Infant Lives campaign on Global Giving are matched at 50 percent!

Below, please find an array of services your donation can sponsor:

๐Ÿ”ท $10: Support 3 Prenatal Visits for a Pregnant Mother ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿผ

๐Ÿ”ท $20: Support the Cost of 2 Ultrasounds ๐Ÿšผ

๐Ÿ”ท $25: Pay for Fetal Heartbeat Monitoring ๐Ÿซ€

๐Ÿ”ท $50: Sponsor a Blood Transfusion ๐Ÿฅ for a Mother

๐Ÿ”ท$75: Support Phototherapy for a Jaundiced Infant ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ

๐Ÿ”ท $100: Sponsor a Normal Birth ๐Ÿฃ at One of Our Hospitals

๐Ÿ”ท $200: Pay for a Cesarean Birth ๐Ÿฅ at One of Our Hospitals

๐ŸŒนThank you to all our supporters for celebrating these milestones with us as we gradually chip away at poverty barriers in Pakistan!

Warm regards,

The HOPE USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ, HOPE UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ, and HOPE Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Teams


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