27 Legend Court
PO Box 10126
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At Save the Mothers we believe that a multi-disciplinary approach is needed to save some of the 342,000 mothers and four million children who die in the developing world annually due to unsafe childbirth. The burden falls on more than just health professionals, and simply building more hospitals and clinics is not the solution. Rather, the societies where mothers live need to be awakened and changed from within. There are five important spheres of influence, along with health care, that have a direct impact on the number of mothers dying.
In many developing countries women have no voice and are denied basic rights during their pregnancy. We encourage politicians and lawyers to enter the STM program to improve laws in their countries and ensure that mothers have basic rights. As William Wilberforce rescued slaves from the slave trade in the early 1800’s through the passing of abolition laws in British Parliament, STM works for new laws that ensure mothers receive the care they need during pregnancy.
One excellent way to spread a message is through the education system. We recruit educational leaders who are impacting young minds throughout the schools.
In developing countries, change often occurs at the grassroots level through passionate social workers and community activists. We mobilize professionals in social services and equip them to spread the message to their communities.
Journalists help ensure that our message is spread to the widest possible audiences via newsprint, radio and television. We equip media professionals to tell the story of mothers dying, and to share how to prevent it from happening, “on the front page”.
Religious leaders play a very important role in both providing and reinforcing positive health behaviours for mothers and their children. Many communities are much more likely to listen to advice of the minister/priest/imam before following the directions of a medical doctor. These religious leaders are being trained in the STM program to educate and empower their communities to improve maternal health.