What are we doing right now?
We are actively collecting supplies and facilitating shipments to clinics and maternity wards. Currently we are coordinating a shipment to Zimbabwe.
What have we done in the past?
Our previous shipments have included over 400 boxes of clean, unused medical supplies such as sutures, surgical instruments, disposable gloves, kiwi vacuums, drapes, and gowns. We do not send medications.
Where have we delivered hope?
We’ve helped women from three different continents experience safer deliveries by providing local hospitals with necessary medical equipment. Let’s take a closer look at some of the countries highlighted below.
Delivering Hope works with GlobeMed at Colombia University to create Mama Kits to deliver to HIV+ mothers in Uganda.
In Uganda, mothers must bring their own medical supplies if they wish to deliver in a hospital. If a woman does not bring the necessary supplies, she most likely will be turned away.
Along with receiving the kit, mothers also learn how to use each item in case they cannot make it to a hospital to deliver. Our Mama Kits lessen some of the financial burdens associated with childbirth for expectant mothers in Uganda.
Papua New Guinea
In Papua New Guinea, most of our supplies are sent to Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH).
PMGH supervises about 90% of the births in the capital city of Papua New Guinea.
One of the clinics associated with this hospital is located high in the mountains of Sogeri. This area can be very chilly and can experience a lot of rain. Maternal mortality rates are highest in rural regions where women have little access to medical equipment, and where the majority of births take place without the presence of skilled attendants. Healthcare workers at Sogeri clinic have begun to address this issue in their village by using the crocheted baby clothes they received from Delivering Hope to convince mothers to have a supervised birth at the health center.
We have delivered hope to the Philippines where we partnered with the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital.
More than 20,000 deliveries occur each year at this facility. Here, the drapes sent by Delivering Hope are often cut in two and used for two separate expecting mothers undergoing surgical procedures.
The kiwi vacuums included in the shipments we sent to this hospital were especially appreciated by the residents who take care of these patients. The residents shared that patients will not receive any medications or special equipment unless they are purchased privately by the patient or her family. If the family is unable to afford these supplies, the residents often chip in to provide necessary medications and materials from their own salaries.
We will continue to collect medical supplies from U.S. hospitals and deliver them to clinics and maternity wards around the world to help reduce the prevalence of maternal morbidity and mortality.
We look forward to maintaining our current relationships with multiple clinics and hospitals around the globe, and to continuing to expand our outreach to expectant mothers in need.