Get Involved

Building Community:

There are many ways to become part of the Mother Health International community.  In addition to the opportunities outlined below, we welcome your creativity and would love to hear about unique ways you may see yourself becoming involved.photo-47

Volunteer Midwife

On a case by case basis, we accept volunteer midwives to work side by side with traditional midwives and local nurse midwives. Midwives and doctors must believe in and support the traditional midwifery model of care and have experience and understanding of cultures other than their own.

Skilled midwives and OB/GYNs who are willing to donate a minimum of three months of their time to serve the women in Atiak, Uganda may apply. We ask that volunteer midwives gather donated supplies in preparation for their journey.

Our clinic in Northern Uganda is extremely rural. Housing is in traditional mud style huts with outdoor showers and composting toilets. We have solar power on site for charging electronics and visitors can purchase modems for internet access, however, the clinic is very far removed from the ‘comforts’ of modern day life. Because the site is so rural it is not recommended for those with serious or chronic medical conditions.

If you are interested in volunteering with MHI please email rachel@motherhealth.org to request application materials.

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Become a recurring donor!

In a country where infant mortality is 64/1000, our clinic has a rate of 11/1000. One way that we do this is through offering rides to the clinic for women in labor, and transport services for emergency situations. Ambulance services cost around $1,000 USD per month to sustain. In true village style, we are looking for 500 donors to commit $5 each month. Will you sustain our ambulance and become a $5 a donor today?


When you type in your donation amount, click the box that says ‘make this a recurring (monthly) donation’. 

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Raise Funds!

Thanks largely to support from our community, our birth centers have proven to be an incredible model for what quality maternal health care can look like. As a grassroots organization, we rely on community involvement and participation.

Donated funds go to support local midwives, supplies and the operation of the clinic. Consider what talent you have that you could use to benefit Mother Health International. Past supporters have hosted events such as these:

  • Dinner parties where hosts ask guests to offer a minimum of $50 in exchange for an evening of food, wine and discussion.
  • Cocktail parties
  • Music events/benefit concerts
  • Yoga-thons and zumba-thons (offer donation based yoga classes if you are a teacher, etc) charity runs.
  • Online campaigns- write about us in a blog or publication
  • School fundraising drives
  • Yard sales
  • Portions of sales of products like CDs or tea
  • Radio interviews

If you can’t donate yourself are you willing to reach out to people in your network and personally ask for a donation on behalf of MHI?


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This article has 12 comments

  1. Jan Dix Reply

    I am interested in learning more about the group of doulas in Charlottesville. Would you send me some contact information and info about volunteer opportunities , please?

  2. Emily Jarvis Reply

    Love your work and I’d love to stay updated about your blog. Thank you!

  3. Nneka Ogazi Reply

    Good work!! I am a medical laboratory scientist in Nigeria,is there a way I can volunteer? Hope u reply.

  4. Karla Holt Reply

    Great organization! I’m a midwife and I’ve purchased several gifts from the market for my midwife and student midwife colleagues. Is there some sort of printable card or pamphlet I can print to include with the gifts for everyone?

  5. Tammea Tyler Reply

    Greetings

    I would like to get involved :). I still live in NY so I am unsure of whats possible but I would love to join an advisory board or be a part of a board fundraising committee.

    I will message you on FB as well.

    Tammea

  6. Beth DeFrance Reply

    Hell Rachel. My name is Beth DeFrance. We tried to speak online earlier this year when I was in Togo, but our connection was poor. I wanted to ask if you are a CPM, or what your credentials are? And obviously they are adequate for Uganda. As I shared before I have some friends who work in Kampala at Show Mercy. They are building a birth center. I have sent them some of your information as your model is so amazing. I have been asked to come and help them in Uganda. I am trying to discover if my CPM and my Bridge certificate are adequate, since it appears most Ugandan midwives carry a bachelors degree. Do you know if CPM is adequate? I have looked at the midwives council information but not getting a clear picture. Thank you for any help you can give me and thank you for all you are doing to help women in Uganda. A couple friends visited your site last year, Lallie Russel and Sherina Tatum, they were both impressed. Thank you, have a wonderful holiday season.

  7. Amelia Ichode Reply

    You guys are doing such amazing work! It has brought tears to my eyes.

    I work with Helping Hands Uganda Foundation, located in Bukedea district. We are always looking for incredible organizations that we can network with. We do work in menstrual and reproductive health, as well as elderly care.

    Please let us know if you are interested in a partnership or even just staying in touch. It is always touching to find other people involved in similar work.

    May you guys have a wonderful year.

  8. Austen Musso Reply

    We love the work your team is doing in Uganda! Keep it up!! I am so glad to hear the mothers are supported with Blue Bonnet Prenatals but still wanted to see if there might an opportunity for Vitamin Angels to support your organization with a vitamin grant in 2018. We currently provide gift-in-kind grants to more than 30NGOs in Uganda each year and this includes a few partners of Segal Family Foundation. Please contact me if you would like to learn more.

  9. Richard Karori Reply

    KENYA ASSOCIATION FOR MATERNAL
    & NEONATAL HEALTH – KAMANEH:
    P.O. BOX 4340-00506, NAIROBI, KENYA.
    TEL: +254204401691; CELL: +254-725878276; Email: kamanehk@gmail.com

    Date: Nairobi,11TH May, 2018.

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    RE: Request for guidelines for partnership, collaboration and membership in/with your organisation:

    This is to request you to email us with guidelines on a partnership and collaboration with your organisation in order to foster sustainable development goals 3, 5, and 6 in Kenya.

    1. About KAMANEH:
    The Kenya Association for Maternal and Neonatal Health -KAMANEH is a Kenyan – based registered not for profit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working to address the unacceptably high levels of maternal, Neonatal and child mortality and morbidity in Kenya.
    Our work is mainly in poor rural areas and urban slums where Basic health services are often inadequate.
    2. Our Mission:
    Our mission is to work with communities and our partners to:
    • identify and develop appropriate and effective ways to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in Kenya;
    • to save and improve the lives of pregnant women, mothers, infants, children and adolescents in urban slums and remote communities in Kenya.
    • facilitate communities to access quality skilled maternity care.
    • support the provision of quality skilled care.

    3. Vision:
    For every baby, child, and pregnant woman to receive high quality healthcare without delay.
    4. Our Purpose: We exist to help reduce the number of women dying or injured in childbirth and newborns dying from preventable conditions.

    5. KAMANEH’s Goals:

    SDGs and Maternal Health:
    KAMANEH is committed to contributing to the realization of the SDGs, Specifically, the organization works to achieve the following SDGs goals;
    Goal 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

    Specifically KAMANEH’s work will make a direct contribution to the following targets;
    • Target 3.1. By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births.
    • Target 3.2. By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births
    • Target 3.7. By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into county strategies and programs.

    Goal 5: Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women And Girls.
    • KAMANEH will be committed to Target 5.6. Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.

    Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
    Specifically, KAMANEH’s work will make a direct contribution to the following;
    Target 6.1:By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations;
    Target 6.1.Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management.

    What we do:

    We improve the quality of care:
    • during pregnancy and childbirth
    • for the newborn infant
    • for children
    We work in partnership with local women groups among others to:
    • Provide communities with information on maternal and newborn health so they know the risks to look for and can seek medical help early
    • Enable women to become financially independent by supporting and training them to set up their own small businesses, empowering them to become the decision makers about their own reproductive and sexual health care;
    • Improve access to MNCH services;
    • Disseminate information and educational materials on preventive health.
    Fundraising and forging partnerships/memberships with various organizations.

    OUR ACHIEVEMENTs:

    KAMANEH has been committed itself to work on building a better community for unprivileged women, newborns and children in Nairobi and Kisii Counties through provision of Community level Maternal and Child health care services since its inception. The organization has also been a strong advocate of sexual and reproductive rights protection and achieved to increase the awareness of sexual and reproductive rights among women and girls through partnership with women groups. New plans are to extend to Nakuru, Homabay, Migori and Siaya counties in Kenya.

    Our affiliations/memberships:

    We are members of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) who support over 500 partners to align their strategic directions and catalyze collective action to achieve universal access to comprehensive, high-quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health care., the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), the White Ribbon Alliance, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), Neglected Tropical Disease NGDO Network, World Association of NGOs and Global Affairs Canada, among others.

    We therefore write to request for guidelines and look forward for your quick response.

    Yours Faithfully,

    Richard Karori
    Director/CEO
    KAMANEH.

  10. Caroline Galvin Reply

    Beautiful organization. I wish to volunteer in Haiti. I will stay connected and get involved.

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