Project 10,000 is an effort to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in Africa by providing 10,000 women with the education they need to understand the possible complications of pregnancy, when to seek help, and the skills to pass along this knowledge to their communities. Project 10,000 will provide each woman with a birthing kit containing the necessary supplies for a normal delivery and items to keep the baby warm. Maternal and infant mortality rates in Africa are unacceptably high.
Many women and their newborns die from complications, such as prolonged labor and eclampsia, prior to delivery. Women are encouraged to seek the help of a Midwife should complications develop prior to delivery, decreasing the MMR and IMR. PWH wants our intervention to achieve a lower amount of unsuccessful pregnancies than would be predicted by the current infant mortality rate (IMR) in Africa, which is about 53 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The kits will also include items to ensure babies are kept warm and dry after birth and a beanie baby as a gift.
Project 10,000 has seen significant success but we need your help to ensure we are able to reach 10,000 women by the end of 2020! If you are interested in taking on a leadership role in this project, please fill out our volunteer application.
If you or your school is interested in organizing a fundraiser for the purchase of the birthing supplies or a drive to collect diapers, blankets, hats, and/or beanie babies, please e-mail us and we'd be happy to help you.
If you would like to donate new or gently used items to Project 10,000 please reach out!