Indonesia’s rates of maternal and newborn deaths are alarmingly high - among the highest in Asia. More than 17,000 women die every year due to pregnancy-related causes, and there are more than 90,000 deaths of newborns in Indonesia. Project HOPE has been implementing the Saving Lives at Birth project in Serang, a part of Banten Province, Indonesia, since 2012 with excellent results. For example, exclusive breastfeeding from 0-6 months among mothers in this province increased from 28% to 58% since the start of the project. Due to this success and other successes, Saving Lives at Birth has been renewed for three more years and is expanding to reach more women and children in need. Here is just one example of how this program is saving so many lives.
My name is Ani, aged 19, from Serang, Indonesia. I was giving birth at home with a traditional birth attendant (TBA), but my labor was very long, and I became very weak. The Community Health Volunteer came to my house and convinced me to come to the Health Center for childbirth. When my baby was born, she wasn’t breathing, and the midwife treated her (resuscitation) to save her life. I am grateful that my midwife was trained by Project HOPE so my baby was safely delivered at the Health Center.
The Saving Lives at Birth project is funded by Johnson & Johnson.
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