Mother’s Day tribute

Eighty-five to 90 percent of deaths from malaria are women and children under five. Imagine No Malaria is launching a Mother’s Day campaign so that mothers in Africa will be able to fight malaria and nurture their children into thriving adults.

To make a donation in honor or memory of your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister or other nurturing woman, text the word MOM to 27222 or go to ImagineNoMalaria.org/sharethelove. Those who donate $150 via the website will receive three special Mother’s Day cards as a gift of gratitude. The cards feature poignant photos of African mothers with their children. Donations of $200 will receive the cards and a poster.

Serving homes as far as 60 km (37.3 miles) away, Mutambara Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe is home to a “Waiting Mothers” unit where expecting mothers can come to receive care in the final trimester of their pregnancy.

The Waiting Mothers unit provides a safe, clean space where women can receive prenatal care such as dietary monitoring, prenatal vitamins, childcare counseling, and social support from doctors, nurses, midwives, and other expecting mothers.

Staying at the Waiting Mothers unit ensures that these women can have a safe hospital birth rather than giving birth alone in homes or traveling a great distance while in labor.

Recently, there were 67 women staying in the 48-bed facility. Many of these 8 to 9 month pregnant women were sleeping on makeshift mattresses between and under other beds.  Despite the cramped facilities, the women gave The United Methodist Great Plains delegation a very warm welcome – dancing and singing traditional Shona welcoming songs in a celebration of togetherness. – by Ashley Gish