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2012 Spring Newsletter

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2012 Spring Newsletter

  2. 2. WE MOTHERS PHOTO: ONE HEART WORLD-WIDE MOTHERS ARE CRITICAL TO THE HEALTH OF FAMILIES, communities, economies, and humanity itself. That’s why it’s staggering that a woman dies every 90 seconds from complications during pregnancy or childbirth—more than 350,000 women each year worldwide. Pregnancy is often a time of joy and » trepidation, but in developing countries, it is a life-threatening condition, as pregnancy and childbirth are the second leading cause of death among women of reproductive age. Many of the risks for expectant mothers in developing countries are related to general conditions of poverty, nutrition, and severely limited health resources and access. That’s why Direct Relief’s humanitarian health efforts place particular emphasis on protecting women through the critical periods 4 of pregnancy and childbirth. HERE ARE SMART INVESTMENTS IN SAFE MOTHERHOOD WE CAN ALL GET BEHIND2 DIRECTRELIEF.ORG SPRING 2012
  3. 3. 1 SUPPORTING MIDWIVES THE BEST WAY TO KEEP MOTHERS SAFE in developing countries—where 99% of maternal deaths occur—is to make sure every birth is accompanied by a trained and equipped professional. Midwives are the first line of assistance, managing the health needs of mothers and newborns during pregnancy, delivery, and beyond. A well-trained midwife can provide high-quality care during PHOTO: LINDSEY POLLACZEK routine deliveries, manage basic complications, and recognize when to refer a mother to higher-level emergency obstetric care. EQUIPPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF MIDWIVES IN SIERRA LEONE IN 2012, DIRECT RELIEF School of Midwifery, Makeni WILL ENABLE SIERRA LEONE IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACES IN THE 1O,OOO SAFE BIRTHS WORLD TO BE A MOTHER. In 2011, it was listed 12th from the bottom on the Mothers Index, which analyzes health, education, and economic conditions for women and children in 164 countries. BY EQUIPPING 200 MIDWIVES IN Conditions for mothers and their children are grim in Sierra Leone. The lifetime risk of a woman dying from pregnancy-related causes SIERRA LEONE, SOMALILAND, is one in 21, largely due to the fact that only 42 percent of births are assisted by a skilled birth attendant. UGANDA, AND NEPAL. Fortunately, programs are in place and underway to help train more skilled health providers who can change what it means to be a mom in Sierra Leone. April 22, 2012 was graduation day for the first class of 69 midwives from the School of Midwifery in Makeni, Sierra Leone. Direct Relief has been working with the school in partnership with Medical Research Centre, a local organization focused on improving maternal and child health care at rural government health centers. The School of Midwifery at Makeni is only the second school in the country to provide midwife training. Equipped with new midwife kits from Direct Relief, the new midwives will play a pivotal role combating some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. ABOVE: Graduating midwives at the School of Midwifery in Makeni, Sierra Leone. LEFT: A midwife examines an expectant mother at Xela Aid Clinic in San Martin Chiquito, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.PHOTO: DAN SMITH SPRING 2012 DIRECTRELIEF.ORG 3
  4. 4. 2 PROTECTING MOTHERS WHEN SOMETHING GOES WRONG PHOTO: LIBA TAYLOR, WWW.LIBATAYLOR.EU ABOVE: Mother and baby receive care at the IN 15 PERCENT OF DELIVERIES WORLDWIDE, COMPLICATIONS WILL Direct Relief-supported Edna Adan University Hospital in Hargeisa, ARISE. WHEN THIS HAPPENS, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT MOTHERS HAVE Somaliland. ACCESS TO LIFE-SAVING EMERGENCY OBSTETRIC CARE, INCLUDING A CESAREAN SECTION. SUCCESSFUL EMERGENCY OBSTETRIC CARE BELOW: Mother and baby receive care REQUIRES THREE THINGS: at Leogane, Haiti’s Polyclinique Camejo—one of 115 Haitian ›› rained providers who know how to manage­­ T —and when to refer—emergency cases; health facilities to whom Direct Relief has provided ›› vailability of the proper equipment and supplies to manage such cases; and A 1,000 tons, $70 million in life-saving medicines and ›› functioning referral system that can move a mother quickly to the appropriate level of care. A medical supplies since the 2010 earthquake. IN HAITI, IN UGANDA, Direct Relief is increasing the emergency where 16 women die in childbirth every day, obstetric care capabilities of 8 HOSPITALS Direct Relief fully equipped the new operating that will serve 60,000 MOTHERS over the theater at RUGARAMA HOSPITAL in Kabale. Prior next three years. Direct Relief provided exam to Direct Relief’s investment, there was only one tables, operating tables, sterilizers, instruments, operating theater to provide emergency cesarean baby monitors, scales, IV stands, exam lights, sections for the entire district of 600,000 people.PHOTO: ANDREW MACCALLA ventilators, ultrasounds, and hundreds of In the first six months after the theater opened, incentive kits to encourage more women to the hospital averaged 40 DELIVERIES PER MONTH, deliver at the facilities. INCLUDING 15 CESAREAN SECTIONS, AND NO MATERNAL DEATHS. 4 DIRECTRELIEF.ORG SPRING 2012
  5. 5. VIEW THE GLOBAL FISTULA CARE MAP AT GLOBALFISTULAMAP.ORG RESTORING THE HEALTH OF INJURED MOTHERS PHOTO: LINDSEY POLLACZEK DEFINING THE LANDSCAPE OF FISTULA CAREQ/A AN ESTIMATED TWO MILLION WOMEN worldwide are suffering from a condition few people know about. The condition is DIRECT RELIEFWHAT IS FISTULA? obstetric fistula, and it is entirely preventable and treatable. FISTULA CARE SUPPORTA hole in the birth canalcaused by prolonged and Direct Relief, in partnership with the UNFPA and The Fistulaobstrutcted labor. Foundation, developed the Global Fistula Care Map—the first- Medical and surgicalWHY DOES IT MATTER? ever worldwide map of this devastating childbirth injury—to help supplies to 11 facilities in 8Fistula causes chronic better understand the current fistula treatment capacity to more countries providing fistulaincontinence and can lead to repair to approximatelysevere medical problems and effectively target scarce resources to where they are needed most,social ostracization. 3,000 women each year and identify where gaps in service may exist.WHOM DOES IT AFFECT? THE GOAL IS TO ENSURE EVERY WOMAN $1.3 million in medicalImpoverished women in remoteareas, far from medical care. WITH OBSTETRIC FISTULA RECEIVES A LIFE- resources from leadingWHAT CAN BE DONE? RESTORING SURGERY AND THAT ALL FUTURE healthcare companiesThe number of women with CASES ARE PREVENTED. UNDERSTANDING such as Johnson fistula far surpasses the global Johnson, Ethicon,capacity for treatment, but fistula WHERE THE PROBLEM IS AND WHERE TREAT-can be prevented when women Covidien, BD, CR Bard,have access to a skilled attendant MENT IS AVAILABLE TODAY ARE ESSENTIAL Hospira, and Henryduring childbirth. Reconstructive STEPS TOWARDS THAT GOAL. Schein, to help fistulafistula repair surgery can also be surgeons treat womenprovided by a trained surgeon. in need With private foundations « MEET SELFA… such as The Fistula Just outside Mumias, Kenya, Foundation, established Habiba Mohammed (right) works a surgical theater in to identify, refer, and support women like Selfa (left) who Somaliland for fistula require treatment for obstetric treatment, and trained fistula. Habiba referred Selfa to health providers in Western life-restoring surgery after Selfa Kenya in fistula care suffered from incontinence due to fistula for eight years. Now free of fistula, Selfa is happy, active, and a Supported a new fistula new mother to a healthy baby boy, treatment facility in Danja, earning income to support herself Niger that will care for and her family through poultry, fish, and banana farming. Selfa has also 2,500 women with fistula become an advocate, helping to and train 30 doctors in refer another woman in her village fistula repair over the PHOTO: LINDSEY POLLACZEK who had suffered two decades with next 5 years fistula to restorative care. SPRING 2012 DIRECTRELIEF.ORG 5
  6. 6. 4 helpiMg n S MOthe THE LARGEST in U.S. CHARITABLE MEDICINES PROGRAM SERVING LOW-INCOME AND UNINSURED MOTHERS IN THE U.S. DIRECT RELIEF USA STRENGTHENS THE SAFETY NET FOR MILLIONS OF WOMEN Direct Relief is the only nonprofit working with more than 1,000 clinics in all 50 states, providing free medications and supplies * for clinics’ ever-growing number of low-income and uninsured patients. As the first and only nonprofit licensed to distribute pharmaceuticals in every state, Direct Relief has provided $300 million in medicines and supplies to U.S. clinics since 2004. * 5.2 MILLION WOMEN AGED 20-49, WERE CARED FOR AT FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS IN 2010, MANY OF WHICH ARE PART OF DIRECT RELIEF’S 1,000-CLINIC STRONG NETWORK More maternal health facts from some of Direct Relief’s clinic-partner network: ›› 299,516 WOMEN had a mammogram ›› 1,808,992 WOMEN had a Pap test ›› 489,883 WOMEN were seen for prenatal care visits ›› 68,372 MOTHERS gave birth (All stats, 2010 Health Resources and Service Administration Uniform Data System) RIGHT: Community Health and Social Services Center, Detroit, Michigan FAMILY PLANNING HEALTHY SMILES Teva Pharmaceuticals provided Direct The Healthy Smiles Dental Program Relief with $3 million worth of the addresses the number one unmet health women’s health product ParaGard®, need in Santa Barbara County—oral health. an intrauterine copper contraceptive, Limited access to dental treatment is to be distributed among Direct Relief’s widespread among low-income families. 1,000-clinic network treating low-PHOTO: CHASS Healthy Smiles bridges the growing gap income and uninsured women. of available oral health education, disease prevention services, and treatment for low- TRANSPARENCY income children throughout Santa Barbara County, with 1,800 kids served since 1994. PRECISE MAPPING OF EVERY DONATION SENT TO EVERY CLINIC PARTNER IN THE U.S. ›› DIRECTRELIEF.ORG/USA 6 DIRECTRELIEF.ORG SPRING 2012
  7. 7. PHOTO: WILLIAM VAZQUEZ FOR ABBOTT FUND TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF MATERNAL HEALTH ›› 1// Every day, an estimated _____ women — Charity Navigator die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. a. 100 b. 500100% EFFICIENT. c. 1,000 d. 1,500AMONG THE 20 MOST EFFICIENT 2// ______ of all maternal deaths occur inLARGE U.S. CHARITIES. — Forbes developing countries. a. 29% b. 49% c. 79% d. 99%100% OF CONTRIBUTIONS GO TO PROGRAMS. 3// Rank the following countries from fewest to most maternal deaths. DONATE AT DIRECTRELIEF.ORG a. U.S., Albania, Singapore b. Albania, Singapore, U.S. c. Singapore, U.S., Albania d. Albania, U.S., Singapore 4// The probability that a woman will eventually die from a maternal cause is 1 in ____ in developed countries, versus 1 in ____ in developing countries. a. 4,300; 120 b. 2,000; 300 2011 PETER F. DRUCKER AWARD c. 1,700; 460 d. 1,100; 500 WINNER FOR NONPROFIT INNOVATION 5// In high-income countries, virtually all women are attended by a trained health rick wartzman, Drucker Institute Executive Director: professional during childbirth. ____ of women in low-income countries are not “[Direct Relief’s] fundamental insight—to take the best in private- assisted by a doctor, nurse, or midwife during childbirth. sector technology and uniquely adapt it for the social sector—has a. 30% greatly strengthened a weak link in the medical supply chain…Its b. 40% efforts demonstrate that social-sector organizations can achieve the c. 50% very highest levels of efficiency. ” d. 60% 5. d (All stats, WHO) 4. a 3.b 2. d 1. c SPRING 2012 DIRECTRELIEF.ORG 7
  8. 8. Leave a Legacy A bequest or planned gift to Direct Relief can extend your generosity beyond your lifetime. Your commitment and dedication will help people in the U.S. and around the world affected by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest live better, healthier lives far into the future. With such a gift, you will be included in the Legacy Society, which recognizes visionary and caring individuals who have included Direct Relief in their estate plans. For more information on planned giving, visit, or contact Jonathan Glasoe, at or (805) 879-4936. LEGACY SOCIETY MEMBERS Anner Trust Marjorie B. Cullman Trust Ed Mary Harvey Trust Estate of Yvonne C. Lucassen William J. Partridge Revocable Estate of Robert H. Sommer Dotsy Jack Adams Roy R. Laurie M. Cummins Fund Mrs. Raye Haskell Evelyn C. Lund Charitable Living Trust Estate of K. Walter Stawicki Ms. Jane H. Alexander Estate of Margaret E. Davis Betty Stan Hatch Remainder Trust Jody Don Petersen Estate of Elaine F. Stepanek Anonymous Estate of Peter M. Dearden Estate of Dorothy S. Hitchcock Estate of Robert Maclean Martin and Lillian Platsko Trust Walter Mae Stern Trust Estate of Rhea Applewhite Estate of H. Guy Di Stefano Terrence Joseph Hughes Marilyn Frank* Magid Mr. Juan Posada The Anna Stuurmans Revocable Trust Dr. Mrs. Gilbert L. Ashor The Grant C. Ehrlich Trust Estate of Dorothy Humiston Audrey E. Martinson Estate of Nancy Roberts Estate of Elna Theusen Miriam William* Bailey Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Ewing Pat Dick Johnson Martone Family Trust Estate of Paul N. Roberts Estate of Wilbur H. Thies, Sr. The Charles H. Bell Charitable Estate of Elsie Feibes Ms. Beverly A. Jones Kathleen Bruce McBroom Estate of Maria Rosmann and Emily P. Thies Remainder Trust Estate of Florence Feiler Estate of Judith Jones Ms. Estelle Meadoff The Babette L. Roth Estate of Grace A. Tickner Merle E. Betz, Jr. Estate of Howard C. Fenton Mrs. Marvel Kirby Mr. Michael Mendelson Irrevocable Trust Tilton Family Foundation Estate of D. Craig Bigelow Peggy Gary Finefrock John and Sandy Knox-Johnson Mr. Mrs. Frank B. Miles Mr. and Mrs. Ernest J. Salomon Donn V. Tognazzini Mr. Joseph F. Bleckel Estate of June Breton Fisher John Michael Koelsch Patricia McNulty Mitchell Maryan Richard Schall Carol Van den Assem Trust Mrs. Helen J. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Gregg L. Foster Mr. James Kohn Charles J. and Esther R. Mlynek Trust The Petar Schepanovich* Estate of Marie L. Van Schie Estate of Marguerite Bulf Estate of Mario J. Frosali Anette La Hough Irrevocable Trust Estate of Velma Morrell Kathleen Schepanovich Trust Bettine* Lawrence Wallin Don Bullick Mildred K. Fusco Trust Dorothy Largay Wayne Rosing Helga Angenendt Morris Nancy Bill* Schlosser Simone G. Woodcock William S. Burtness Estate of Hannah Monica Gallagher Estate of Lensch Family Estate of Regis J. Morris Estate of June H. Schuerch Linda Seltzer Yawitz Ms. Carol Carson Sandra K. Garcia Kenneth R. Loh Rita Moya Harold Carol M. Shrout Marjorie Lynn Zinner Estate of Charlotte Castalde Estate of June Gaudy Estate of Barbara Jeanne Lotz Estate of Dorothy and Graham Nash Connie Smith Nevins Ms. Patricia Clancy Ms. Inez M. Gilkeson Lawrence Lu Estate of James Orr Estate of Margaret H. Smith * deceased The Crosby Fund Kate Dick Godfrey Estate of Harold A. Parma Estate of Thelma R. Smith NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA BARBARA, CA 27 S. LA PATERA LANE PERMIT #756 SANTA BARBARA, CA 93117 TEL: 805.964.4767 TOLL-FREE: 800.676.1638 FAX: 805.681.4838 ww w .D i r e ct R e l i e f . o rg BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR Thomas J. Cusack VICE CHAIR John Romo SECRETARY Rita Moya TREASURER Patrick Enthoven Kendall Bishop • Jon E. Clark • Lawrence Dam • Patty DeDominic Hon. Paul G. Flynn • Gregg L. Foster • Dorothy Gardner • Ernest J. Getto J. Michael Giles • Bert Green, M.D. • Raye Haskell • W. Scott Hedrick Priscilla Higgins, Ph.D. • Angel Iscovich, M.D. • Ellen K. Johnson Nancy Walker Koppelman • Donald J. Lewis • Mari Mitchel • Jeanne Newman Mary Louise Scully, M.D. • James Selbert •Ayesha Shaikh, M.D. George Short • Gary R. Tobey INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR EMERITI Lawrence R. Glenn • E. Carmack Holmes, M.D. Richard Godfrey S. Roger Horchow • Stanley S. Hubbard • Jon B. Lovelace Stanley C. Hatch Donald E. Petersen • Richard L. Schall • John W. Sweetland Dorothy F. Largay, Ph.D. Denis Sanan HONORARY BOARD Nancy Schlosser PRESIDENT EMERITUS Sylvia Karczag CHAIR EMERITUS Jean Hay DIRECTOR EMERITUS Dorothy Adams PRESIDENT CEO Thomas Tighe LEARN MORE. /////////// Get Connected with Direct Relief SPREAD THE WORD. /////// SEE VIDEO. ////////////// DIRECTRELIEF.ORG SPRING 2012