An "Awesome" Partnership for Good
For nearly 10 years, authors and vlogbrothers John and Hank Green have been supporting the work of Partners In Health through their yearly fundraiser, Project for Awesome. The Greens and PIH have found common ground in our shared belief that long-term, systemic investment is the only way to bring about sustained change within the world’s poorest communities.
After reading a 2017 New Yorker profile on PIH Co-founder Ophelia Dahl, the Green family was inspired to fight maternal mortality in Sierra Leone, where 1 in 17 women run the risk of dying in pregnancy or childbirth. John and Sarah Green traveled to Sierra Leone in April 2019 to better understand what was needed to improve maternal health care in Kono District, where PIH supports Wellbody Clinic and Koidu Government Hospital. They came away convinced of the need to strengthen the health system, and impressed by the strides PIH has already made since 2014.
Pregnant Women Face a Dire Situation
at a Glance
Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, making it one of the most dangerous places to give birth.
We believe no woman should die giving life.
per 100,000 live births
# of medical doctors, nurses,
and midwives per 10,000 people
1 in 17 women in Sierra Leone
has a lifetime risk of death
related to pregnancy or childbirth
Responding to a Maternal Health Emergency
PIH refuses to accept that women should die in childbirth.
With the Ministry of Health, PIH began improving the maternal care available at Koidu Government Hospital. The facility now has 24-hour electricity to support C-sections, a blood bank to respond to post-partum hemorrhages, and a fully stocked pharmacy in labor and delivery. Clinicians also receive trainings to improve their skills and provide better care to patients.
With the Greens’ support, PIH will continue and expand this transformative work so that every pregnant woman can look forward to childbirth as a moment to celebrate, not one to fear.
Help make maternal health care more accessible for women in Sierra Leone.
Take the first step today.