Photo By: Bob Barker
More than 289,000 expectant mothers die from complications related to pregnancy every year. That’s 800 women a day. In the 2 minutes it takes you to read this blog a child will lose his or her mum.
In the remote islands of Indonesia, near to some of our favourite surf spots like Lance’s Right, Lagundri and Lakey Peak, many women give birth without any medical attention. Stories of mothers giving birth alone in the jungle, holding on to a tree as their only support, are far too common.
As a result of insufficient medical services, Indonesia is one of the 7 countries that account for over half of all maternal deaths worldwide.
Pregnant mothers are dying at alarming rates in remote parts of Indonesia, because there are too few health clinics, and those that exist are often sub-standard or too far away.
SurfAid’s Mother and Child Health programmes improve access to basic health care in some of the most remote island villages where pregnant women are most at risk. This is part of SurfAid’s contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3 - Good Health and Wellbeing for mothers.
With your support, SurfAid ensures community health posts operate in some of the most remote districts. We ensure that the posts are properly equipped, and that staff and volunteers are well trained. Training is designed to educate and support pregnant women and mothers on vital reproductive health issues such as family planning, prenatal care, and the benefits of giving birth aided by a health professional.
SurfAid’s health promotion programmes have increased prenatal care attendance from 14% to 90%, and safe delivery practices from 0% to 84% on Nias. Where 8 out of 150 mothers died every year in childbirth before our intervention, today that number is ZERO.
SurfAid recognises that women are the cornerstone of a healthy and prosperous world.
A woman’s death is devastating for her family and her community. When a woman dies, her baby is more likely to die before the age of 2 and her other children are up to 10 times more likely to leave school, experience poor health, or die at an early age. The death of a woman also negatively impacts her community. Women’s unpaid work contributes to economic productivity, and women’s earned income is more likely to be reinvested in fundamental family needs like food, education and health care.
When a mother survives pregnancy and childbirth, her family, community and nation thrive.
With your support, SurfAid is reducing maternal mortality in remote regions of Indonesia and saving the lives of one mother at a time. And that is cause for celebration this Mother’s Day!
What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
In 2000, the world set out on a plan to tackle inequality in its many forms through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was an ambitious 15-year plan, with solid progress made in some areas by 2015, but significant work remaining.
After years of global planning and review, in 2016 the world began working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with measurable targets set to be achieved by 2030.
SurfAid’s programmes contribute to a number of the SDGs as we do our part to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.