Friday, October 29, 2010

Fact Of The Day

Developing countries account for 99% of
maternal deaths.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Why Women?

Why are we helping Women? Here are some of the stats.

  •  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

Fact Of The Day

For every ONE woman 
who dies, 
20 develop debilitating 
injuries, infections or disease
related to or exacerbated 
by pregnancy and childbirth.

Monday, October 18, 2010

WWHI in Senegal

Exciting news! Women’s World Health Initiative continued its efforts on the ground in Senegal. Zendina Mostert, a WWHI board member, travelled to Senegal to investigate the needs of the people in our focus district, Saraya. A needs assessment helped identify various factors that affect maternal mortality, medical services that are currently available to women, and to become acquainted with the area, people, traditions, and cultural mores.
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

Fact Of The Day

One woman 
still dies nearly 
from treatable or preventable complications 
related to pregancy and childbirth.

Please spread the word. 
Tell your family and friends about

Monday, October 11, 2010

Spread The Word!!!

There are a vast array of things you can do to help and be a part of this worthwhile cause. We want to let everybody in the world know about maternal mortality - but we cannot do it without you!

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: 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.!/pages/Womens-World-Health-Initiative/135391901536?ref=ts

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

Fact Of The Day

The UN is promoting eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015.
These goals were developed by the UN and its partners to form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. The goals have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people. Goal #5 specifically relates to maternal health with two measurable targets: 1. Reducing by 75% the maternal mortality rate and 2. achieving universal access to reproductive health.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

$30,000 From Chase!! Thank You!

WWHI has been hand-picked by the Chase Community Advisory Board to receive an additional $30,000! This has been publicized widely already. Only 17 organizations were selected and we were one of them. Thanks to Seraphine Kapsandoy, Board Member, for helping me to write the grant.

The Chase Advisory Board includes people like Eva Longorio, David Robinson etc. Congratulations to everyone!!! Now we are primed to do real good for the women in Senegal.

Please see these and other sites.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dear WWHI Supporters,

Below you will find the results of an economic survey completed in Utah surveying the non-profit sector. The outcomes were grim. This information is important to us, as we are part of this community but I post this with hopes to be one of the organizations that does not see the effects of the economic tightening. We are an innovative, hardworking group that is willing to work and investigate unprecedented areas to find funds which will ultimately aid suffering women and children.

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!


Dana Allison
Executive Director
Women's World Health Initiative


SALT LAKE CITY, UT, October 6, 2010 —For the past two years the Community Foundation of Utah and
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 foundation’s latest study covers the first nine months of 2010 and reveals that as many as a third of
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.
  • 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.
The need for assistance has not decreased.
  • 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
Given that funds continue to decline and need continues to increase, the stress on nonprofit leadership,
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.
  • 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.
The Community Foundation of Utah is working to bring new resources to nonprofits by ‘engaging the
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

Q & A With Our New Chair of the Board

Carri Hulet was recently elected to chair the WWHI Board of Directors We asked her a few questions to get to know her a bit better.

What does your new job with WWHI entail?
That is exactly what I am trying to figure out! As a new organization there is so much we are still working out, but I think at the end of the day the Chair of the Board is responsible for keeping the organization on course to do as much good as it can. This means making sure the Board of Directors is supporting the thoughtful, purpose-driven development and implementation of programs with strategic guidance and adequate resources.

What do you do when you're not working on WWHI stuff?
I work as a facilitator and mediator with The Langdon Group, a public participation firm based out of Salt Lake City and Boise. In my free time I love to travel, snow ski, camp and backpack, read, cook, and generally enjoy my friends and family.

What motivates you to be involved with a non profit?
Gratitude. I have been immensely fortunate throughout my life to be healthy and strong and to live in safe communities surrounded by good people and opportunities. I want to share that.

How did you get involved with WWHI?
It was pretty simple. Dana shared her vision with me and I was hooked. I started out working on fundraising and helping to find and manage volunteers.

What is it about WWHI's mission that speaks to you?
The grassroots focus on women and their ability to change their own communities. I am convinced that educating and empowering women is the key to solving the most difficult problems in the developing world, from poverty to terrorism.

What is one of your favorite WWHI experiences so far?
I will always remember the first time I saw our Mother's Day video. Suddenly everything we had been working on seemed to come together in this simple, beautiful message. I also have nearly daily "favorite" experiences with our volunteers. I am continually thrilled by their dedication, despite their very busy lives, to give their time, energy, and talents to the organization. They are remarkable.

Monday, October 4, 2010


WWHI believes women are fundamentally linked to the success of any society and to human progress on a much broader scale. By integrating economically driven incentives with simple medical interventions, Women’s World Health Initiative has created a unique model that will address the sustainability problems other models have faced. In this way we will accomplish our mission:
Mission Statement:
WWHI invests in and educates women in vulnerable populations to change
their own communities by building sustainable local health care systems focusing on decreasing
maternal and infant mortality and early detection of preventable disease.

Organizational Goals:
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.
3. Train local physicians and healthcare workers to increase OB surgical skills.
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.
5. Gather and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research data to ensure program efficacy 
6. Replicate the model in other regions.

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

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fact Of The Day

More than one-half of women who give
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
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