Friday, November 19, 2010
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- Woman’s income more likely than a man’s to go toward food, education, medicine, and other family needs.
- Women in many countries make important family decisions about nutrition, healthcare, and use of resources.
- One girl in seven in developing countries marries before the age of 15.
- Children have a 14 times higher chance of dying in first year of life without a mother.
- Women contribute to economic growth; their UNPAID work at home and on the farm equals about 1/3 of global GDP.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Overall, a total of eight villages were visited and local
women and men, doctors, midwives, health care workers,
and leaders were interviewed to better understand the
complexity of the issues.
The data gathered will be invaluable in informing the next
step in addressing the needs of women in Senegal.
Currently, the data is being analyzed to identify areas of
needs. It’s an exciting time for WWHI; stay tuned for more
information about the needs assessment.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Here are a few things you can do to help spread the word! You can do all of it or just one thing but every little bit helps!
1) EMAIL - Tell everyone about our cause. We want everyone to know why it's important to help maternal mortality and information is the only way we can educate everyone.
Send a quick email to your friends and family saying - "Check out this organization that helps address maternal mortality. It's called Women's World Health Initiative - please check out their website at: www.wwhi.org and pass it on to just 3 other people."
2) FACEBOOK - find us and click "LIKE". This will appear on your facebook feed and let others know this is a cause you care about. You can find the link below.
3) TWITTER - follow us on Twitter and tell others to find out what we're doing! The link is found below.
Spread the word!!!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I know already, there have been great ideas. The message and focus of WWHI is a strong, convincing message. I am proud of all our supporters' and volunteers' efforts. Let's continue...and ultimately be the anomaly!
Women's World Health Initiative
LATEST FINANCIAL STUDY PREDICTS A LOOMING CRISIS FOR MANY UTAH NONPROFITS
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, October 6, 2010 —For the past two years the Community Foundation of Utah andThe foundation’s latest study covers the first nine months of 2010 and reveals that as many as a third of
Wells Fargo have been surveying state’s charities to see how the nonprofit sector was faring during the
recession. The studies have tracked the impact of a perfect storm – decreases in giving and more demand
from individuals and families in need. 178 nonprofits responded to the survey.
the state’s nonprofit organizations are in danger of closing their doors. Why? A continued decline in
donations, limited if any reserve funds, and a continued increase in demand for assistance.Nearly three years of a down economy have taken a profound toll on Utah’s nonprofits. The continued
declines in giving have depleted operating reserve capital, meaning that too many nonprofits are, like
their clients, living month to month. Donations from corporations, foundations, government contracts
and individuals continued to erode in 2010.
The need for assistance has not decreased.
- 64% of the agencies have seen donations decrease since the start of 2010.
- 75% of health and human service agencies say donations have decreased since the beginning of
the year perhaps, pointing to donor fatigue as the recession wears on.
- 14% of these agencies have no money in the bank. Anecdotal evidence from foundations has
confirmed an uptick in ‘pay day loans’ to help agencies make payroll. Other foundations report
that they have been asked by their long term partners to push an expected annual gift forward,
or to make an additional emergency gift.
- 58% have enough money on hand to keep their doors open 3 months or less.
Given that funds continue to decline and need continues to increase, the stress on nonprofit leadership,
- 78% of all reporting agencies and 92% of health and human service providers say that the
demand for their services and programs rose again in 2010.
- 68% of rural organizations say “The people we serve continue to suffer the impact of the
including staff, executive directors and their boards is considerable. This survey found evidence of the
results of three years of unrelenting pressures, including staff and board burn out. However, Utah’s
nonprofit leaders share a deep passion for their causes and their organizations. Pockets of
encouragement exist in all sectors.
The Community Foundation of Utah is working to bring new resources to nonprofits by ‘engaging the
- 69% of the agencies have added new donors since the start of the recession.
- 65% have started or enhanced a new media strategy, using the web to reach new audiences.
- Arts organizations report a steady increase in ticket sales each of the past three years. This may
reflect great efforts to increase awareness of the vital importance these cultural institutions play in
our community as well as increased marketing efforts.
giving minds’ of Utah’s entrepreneurs. The need for innovation is now, and the results can, as this
Executive Director wrote, ensure a bright future for the organizations that make Utah a wonderful place
to grow businesses, families and community. “What's amazing is that the lack of financial resources has forced us to re-evaluate everything we're
doing and refine our programs and plans and finances. Because of the recession, our organization is
100 times better and our programs are going to be FAR more efficient. We've learned that money
isn't necessarily our biggest bottleneck, and have learned to work around it. I've never been so
optimistic about our future.”
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
What does your new job with WWHI entail?
What do you do when you're not working on WWHI stuff?
What motivates you to be involved with a non profit?
How did you get involved with WWHI?
What is it about WWHI's mission that speaks to you?
What is one of your favorite WWHI experiences so far?
Monday, October 4, 2010
WWHI invests in and educates women in vulnerable populations to change
their own communities by building sustainable local health care systems focusing on decreasing
1. Decrease maternal and infant mortality in Saraya District, Senegal by 75% (aligned with the
United Nations Millennium Goal 51).
2. Increase number of skilled healthcare workers within targeted villages.
4. Develop an economic model that allows access to local healthcare through a sustainable copayment model as well as a finance-based incentive model to pay salaries of trained workers.
You can help us make real change for these women and children by contributing to this effort and being a part of the resolution. You can find out more information on our website www.wwhi.org
Friday, October 1, 2010
birth each year do not make the recommended
four antenatal visits and do not
deliver in a health facility, increasing the
risk to their health and that of their
Monday, September 27, 2010
Progress is achieved through women. It is as simple as that. In the world today - women make up close to 50% of the world's population but only own 1% of the world's wealth - have a 10% share in the global income and occupy only 14% of the leadership positions in the private and public sector. Not only are these staggering statistics alarming - there are almost 900 million adults worldwide who can’t read or write and 2/3 of these adults are women.
Despite all this - the welfare of women is not an issue that most countries see as a priority. We know that the world's future depends greatly on the contribution of women. Think of how many women have been an integral part of your life. There are too many women and young girls that are "unable to participate in a wide-range of economic opportunities and subjected to strict gender bias" Unfortunately women and young girls are seen as "unworthy of investment or protection".
We know that women and young girls are worth the investment and definitely worth protecting. We need to protect the future of the next generation and if we don't address these issues right now - the future is not only dim - but will be in a state of utter chaos. We need to care - because there are literally thousands of womens lives who depend on us caring.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Many organizations have attempted to decrease the perilously high and devastating rates of maternal death. However, despite their efforts there has been little or no decrease in maternal deaths worldwide. This low effectiveness has led us, WWHI, to seek alternative ways to increase local sustainability, capacity, and efficacy of much needed medical interventions. We have developed a model that combines a community-based approach with a uniquely incentive-based finance model.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
We did it everyone!!! We ranked at number 167 out of 200 charities.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!!
Thank you for your vote - your time - and for believing in our cause. We could not have done this without you.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!
Thank you to bloggers who blogged about our cause and spread the word. Thank you to the WWHI team who worked tirelessly around the clock. Thank you to CHASE BANK for contributing $20,000 towards Maternal Mortality. There will be so much good that will happen with this donation and we will be well on our way to meeting our goals.
We did it.
Monday, June 21, 2010
On July 13, they’ll announce 200 winning charities
- One charity will receive $250k
- 4 runners-up will receive $100k
- 195 others will receive $20k
Monday, May 31, 2010
That means 529 000 women die each year. Okay, well what does THAT mean? Well, lets bring it home.
Five direct complications account for more than 70% of maternal deaths: haemorrhage (25%), infection (15%), unsafe abortion (13%), eclampsia (very high blood pressure leading to seizures – 12%), and obstructed labour (8%). While these are the main causes of maternal death, unavailable, inaccessible, unaffordable, or poor quality care is fundamentally responsible. They are detrimental to social development and wellbeing, as some one million children are left motherless each year. These children are 10 times more likely to die within two years of their mothers' death.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Take our cause with you and help spread the awareness of maternal mortality.
All you have to do is COPY and SAVE the image above. Then go to the "Layout" section of your blog (if you're using blogspot) and "Add Gadget". Then click on "Picture" and then click on "browse" and find the picture in the place you stored it. Click on it and click "Open". Then click "SAVE" on the button on the Layout section of your blog. Don't forget to click SAVE or else your blog won't know that you added this picture.
TAKE OUR CAUSE WITH YOU. BE A PART OF WWHI.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
I have seen great travesties in my travels. The victims are diverse. They speak different languages, are from different cultural and religious backgrounds, have different levels of education...but the one thing they share is gender. Girls are viewed, in most parts of the world, to have value in only two things: 1) hard domestic labour and 2) childbearing. Girls who are born into families in rural Senegal are especially prone to these designations. The average age of marriage is 12 - just before puberty. Most of the marriages are polygamous and are arranged. The girl is bought and paid for with no voice or opinion. She works hard until she menstruates. Then this girl is considered ready to fulfill her second duty - motherhood.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
My name is Danielle. I am a member of WWHI's Advisory Committee and this is my mother. She will be one of the lucky recipients to get a gift from our Mother's Day campaign this year.
I was adopted as a baby. So, I have the unique experience of having two mothers. While I am thankful for the brave unknown woman who carried me for nine months and then actually physically produced me, this is the woman who raised me, fed me, taught me, loved me and continues to always be there for me. Whether it was letting me move back in while I was between apartments or driving an hour to hang out with me after a broken heart, she is always there for me when I need her.
My mother is beautiful, smart, fun, dependable and kind. I am thankful for her everyday and learn more and more what a wonderful gift she is. A big 'Hurray!' to all the mothers out there. To those who carried children, those who raised them and even those who aren't our actual mothers, but have taken us under their wing, thank you! We love you!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Here is a quick update on the success of our Mother’s day donation campaign so far: to date we have raised close to $500 in donations! Not a bad start but I certainly believe we can step up our efforts and do more. Remember, every dollar counts and brings us one step closer to giving life.
Mother’s Day will soon be here and for all you procrastinators out there, here is your opportunity to find your mother a great gift that also honors motherhood. Remember to get your ordering in by May 3rd.
Check out www.wwhi.org to order your gift now!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
My son was born on August 7th 2009. He is such a blessing to my family and me. Every day is full of excitement. Without the care that he and I received I am not entirely sure that we would have survived to be here today. When my son was born he went into shock and refused to breath. It took a team of nurses and doctors to get him to breath. Several hours later they brought my son to me so I could feed him. While he was Brest feeding, it caused my uterus to contract and as a result I hemorrhaged. The baby was taken away from me and within minutes I had about six nurses and two doctors working on me, trying to get the bleeding to stop, they were prepping me for surgery. I remember I almost blacked out, things were spinning, but I was able to hold on. They finally got the bleeding to stop and I did not need surgery after all, I ended up losing about a litter of blood total, it took about five months before I felt like myself again.
I know millions of women go through much worse then what I went through, but I feel that if the women and girls in other parts of the world that are less fortunate then our country the mortality rate could be a lot lower, and in these rural parts of the world it wouldn’t be a time of morning, but rather a time of happiness and joy. If we could do the simple act of helping women and young girls who are in desperate need for knowledge and support, just think how that action can have a ripple effect, not just on the women or girls you help, but you will be helping a family, a linage, and a society to become better and stronger as time goes on.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
We have drawn a lucky winner....
I would choose the "hope" necklace. I think it's really cute and love the message.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
My voluntary job with WWHI is to raise money. We need it, and someone's gotta do it, so I'm thankful for a truly amazing group of volunteers that have rallied to make it happen. But it's hard at first. We are getting off the ground and I freely admit that I dream of the day when we will have years of evidence and experience behind us to show that WWHI's efforts actually do decrease maternal mortality in the most dire circumstances. I know that will happen, and someday we will have to do less begging and cajoling, less "leveraging" of friendships, and with any luck we will have more to offer our supporters than the proverbial warm fuzzies and a virtual bear hug.
Perhaps. Perhaps there will be some things that get easier. But even as I play out my fantasies of fatter times ahead, I can't help but be grateful for the privilege of being one of the first to ask when the giver has no less noble motivation than sheer generosity and kindness. When we ask someone to help us do something we can't prove we will do, the offering in return is nothing short of sacred.
Today, we feel the weight of every donated coin; the sacrifice of every volunteer hour. As we plan out our research efforts this summer, then look ahead in the future to building a school, recruiting trainers, and educating and supporting the student practitioners, we feel bound to spend every dollar in a way that does honor to the hope with which it was given.
In a way, I feel our donors are showing the same kind of faith and confidence in us that every mother shows as she invests early in the potential of her children. Thanks moms. And thanks donors. We'll do you proud.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
How would you like to give this pretty little thing to your mom for mothers day AND at the same time help save the life of a mother across the world?
It sounds like a fantastic idea to the WWHI team...which is why we are doing a special Mother's Day campaign where you can give a donation to WWHI in honor of your mother, and we will mail her a gift of your choice--you can choose this necklace from PrettyLittleMe or there are many other options. A card with the gift explains your donation and your gift to her this Mother's Day. Yep, it's pretty much a recipe to a worry-free, feel-good gift.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
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Thursday, April 8, 2010
While Women's World Health Initiative is raising awareness and funds on behalf of women across the world, we recognize that every woman--living in rural Africa or urban California--deserves to be healthy.
National Women's Health Week is a week-long health observance happening one month from now. It's coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women's Health (OWH). National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority.
OWH is encouraging women to make appointments with their doctors and take small steps to becoming healthier...like answering questions like these: Do you know how often you should get your blood pressure checked? How about when you should get your next tetanus shot? Mammogram? Pap test? Check this chart out from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to find out what type of health checkups you and your loved ones need, and get a head start on National Women's Heatlh Week--and your path to good health!