On Saturday August 31, 2019, I will swim 28 miles around Manhattan with NYOW (20 Bridges Tracker) to raise funds for Every Mother Counts for the construction of the water supply at Kipok Health Clinic in rural Kiteto, Tanzania. This Spring I had the chance to meet EMC’s grantee partners in Tanzania and I was truly inspired by their perseverance and dedication to improving access to opportunity and services for marginalized people. Join me to support EMC and their grantees improve maternal health around the world.
Every Mother Counts (EMC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. Through community education and mobilization, advocacy, and grant giving, EMC works to secure access to high-quality and equitable maternity care for all women and girls. Every Mother Counts supports community-led programs in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Haiti, India, the United States, and Tanzania.
Since 2017, EMC has worked with and supported Maasai Women Development Organization (MWEDO) in Arusha and Kiteto districts in Tanzania. MWEDO is a grassroots, women-led organization established by three Maasai women to help marginalized Maasai women access education, healthcare, and economic security. EMC funded MWEDO to build a new Kipok Health Clinic in rural Kiteto. Kiteto district (pop. 150,000) is largely rural and made up largely of Nomadic Maasai, with little to no public services.
Since opening, Kipok Clinic has seen nearly 1,700 patients, and trained 190 TBAs. Like many clinics in rural Tanzania, Kipok Clinic is still in need of reliable, inexpensive access to clean water.
Completed in December 2018, MWEDO’s Kipok Clinic provides:
o Primary health careo Comprehensive maternal health care and education, prenatal care, and newborn care
o Reproductive health education, care, and family planningo HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, and Voluntary counseling and testing serviceso Hygiene and sanitation education
o Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) outreach and training
Project: to construct a water borehole and pipe connection to water, including a solar-powered pump and on-site water tanks at Kipok Health Clinic in rural Kieto, Tanzania Cost: $24,000