Imagine being in labor and knowing the pains signal a trek to the nearest clinic – 10 to 15 miles away.
This experience is common in rural Tanzania, where villagers lack access to a nearby primary health care facility. Those hardships contribute to the country’s high maternal mortality rate (MMR) of 578 deaths per 100,000 live births. Compare that figure to rates in developed countries. In the United States, the maternal death rate is 10 deaths per 100,000 live births. In Japan, the rate is five deaths per 100,000 and in Finland the rate drops to three deaths per 100,000 live births.
In other words, an expectant Tanzanian mother is almost 58 percent more likely to die than her American counterpart. Most of these deaths occur in rural villages where access to safe, clean health supplies and services is rare.
Now imagine feeling those labor pains and knowing you will have transport to a clinic that can provide medical services for you and your baby. AHEAD is assembling a fleet of maternal “ambulances” so women can be transported to safe, clean facilities equipped for maternal and newborn care. The mother’s chances of surviving childbirth are improved, and so are her newborn.
AHEAD’s ambulances are eRangers, a motorcycle with an attached gurney. The compact, rugged vehicles are designed for the type of rough, unpaved roads found in rural Tanzania.
AHEAD is a 501(c)3 organization that is recognized in the United States and Tanzania. Your tax-deductible contribution goes to TAP and other AHEAD projects. AHEAD spends only six percent of funding on administration and fundraising.