ntense labor pain struck Apel Bior deep into the night. Living in a settlement with others forced from their homes by war, Apel assumed help with her labor wasn’t possible.
But because of you, an emergency boat ride across the Nile River meant Apel had a place to turn for help.
South Sudan is a nation gripped by conflict. A two-year civil war has shattered even the most basic infrastructure, especially health care facilities like Apel Bior needed.
Not knowing what to expect she didn’t tell anyone about her intense pain right away.
Three days later, Apel’s family and friends convinced her to go to the Bor State Hospital Reproductive Health Clinic in Minkaman. Health workers there found she faced an obstructed labor and she was referred to Bor State Hospital.
The problem? The hospital, and the care that would save Apel’s life, was across the Nile River.
FACT: Each year more than 500,000 women die in childbirth or from complications during pregnancy. (Source: WHO)
Apel had no money for transportation, so clinical staff arranged for her transportation through one of IMA’s partners, Sudan Medical Care. An SMC boat became Apel’s ambulance, and she soon arrived at Bor State Hospital where she later delivered a healthy baby boy with the help of a surgical team.
In a country with the world’s highest maternal mortality rate, you help mothers like Apel ensure they have access to the care they need – even if it takes a boat to get there.
Your gift will help make an immediate impact on urgently needed services for mothers and their children. This Mother’s Day, give a gift that improves health, healing and well-being right now and into the future. Thank you so much for your help. A donor like you saved Apel and her baby’s lives. You can save a mother’s life, too.
The typical Mother’s Day gift falls far short of gifts that may save lives.
Consider making your donation in honor of the special mother or mothers in your life:
- A gift card for $25 to a restaurant could train one doctor to treat complications from childbirth, such as a fistula.
- A flower bouquet costing $50 could train one nurse to care for expectant mothers and newborns.
- A new purse costing $75 could provide 15 malaria nets.
- A box of perfume costing $150 could provide two infant scales for a health clinic.
- A piece of jewelry costing $500 could provide 4 Family LifeStraw water filters.
The mom(s) you honor will receive a card or email letting them know of your amazing life-changing gift. It’s an instant gift that will forever change a life.