Worldwide, 358 000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth every year and an estimated 7.6 million children die under the age of five. Emergency complications during pregnancy or childbirth are the leading cause of death for women in Africa. Every year over 250,000 African women die during childbirth owing to complications. Our main focus is to strengthen emergency maternal healthcare in these areas in order to make a dent on the shocking statistic that 80% of maternal deaths worldwide are considered preventable.
Fundraising takes time and effort, often involving repetitive, monotonous tasks, like envelope stuffing and internet research. Volunteers are a key part of our charity due to the time they give and work they carry out, which we are not able to pay for. EVERYTHING they achieve is recognised as a gift, and we wouldn't be where we are today without them.
The recession has provided an amazing opportunity to take on bright graduates as interns and provide them with experience in office-work, charity-work and fundraising to help them in their career. We would really love to have a digital media graduate to modernise MCAI and work on comunicating our cause and reaching new donors in a more fun and visual way. The only thing that is stopping us from providing this opportunity is the fact we can't afford to buy a volunteer laptop.
Gogetfunding.com and you guys! If you care about our cause, are passionate about helping a graduate in their career or feel said that this is the only thing standing in our way, then please pledge and we will be so grateful! Thanks will not only come from MCAI, but also from the graduate we hire and the women, children and babies he/she will inevitably help! We might even get him to start a blog of his/her internship here.
MCAI (Maternal & Childhealth Advocacy International) is a Nottingham –based international development charity founded in 1995. Over the last 17 years we have become experts in the field of maternal and child health. Working in The Gambia, Cameroon and Bosnia, we have fought tirelessly to improve maternal and child healthcare in some of the world’s poorest areas, clocking thousands of volunteer hours from leading health professionals. In partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and in-country Governments, we implement sustainable whole healthcare systems. 80% of worldwide maternal deaths are preventable - with improved training, care, medicines, equipment and advocacy, we can vastly reduce that figure and the lives of countless mothers, babies and children will be saved.
Empathise with our problem? Feel like you are the solution? Captured by our cause? Then please pledge and find us at www.mcai.org.uk and sign up to our e-bulletin. As we are a small team, that is all we will use your email for. Promise!