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outreach in Africa?

Postby jgrumet » Thu Oct 01, 2009 07:47 pm

by jgrumet (520 Posts), Thu Oct 01, 2009 07:47 pm

I was curious if anyone knew of an outreach program/foundation to try to raise awareness and treatment of PE in Africa?

We are adopting from Ethiopia and we were told that if we were to get a true orphan (most are) the most common cause of the mother dying is due to untreated PE. I pretty much had a breakdown when I heard this. The only reason I am alive is because I was born here and not there. The fact that our second child will come from a mother also affected by this is beautiful and terribly sad at the same time.

Anyway, if there isn't some kind of aid for this I would like to start it, but I'm a little confused on how to start. The last time I was in Africa was over two years ago in Ghana and the hospitals there were horrific for delivering mothers in a NORMAL pregnancy (the use unsterilized gauze scissors to do the episiotomy)

Any area of the world that is lacking in medical care I'm sure has this problem, but this continent is very near to my heart- so I'd like to start there first!

Any help would be great!
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Re : outreach in Africa?

Postby kara » Thu Oct 01, 2009 08:00 pm

by kara (6614 Posts), Thu Oct 01, 2009 08:00 pm

Jamie, I'll forward your post on the Eleni, our Executive Director. The PF is interested in outreach to other countries, and third world countries are high on that list. Lives could be saved by Mag, which is very inexpensive. However the lack of IV's to deliver the medication, and the inability to test levels stands in the way of progress (among many other problems, I'm sure).
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Re : outreach in Africa?

Postby jgrumet » Thu Oct 01, 2009 08:17 pm

by jgrumet (520 Posts), Thu Oct 01, 2009 08:17 pm

Thanks Kara!
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Re : outreach in Africa?

Postby eleni » Thu Oct 01, 2009 08:40 pm

by eleni (469 Posts), Thu Oct 01, 2009 08:40 pm

I sent you an email, Jamie.
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Re : outreach in Africa?

Postby jgrumet » Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:41 pm

by jgrumet (520 Posts), Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:41 pm

got it!
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Re : outreach in Africa?

Postby veronica44 » Fri Oct 02, 2009 07:18 am

by veronica44 (136 Posts), Fri Oct 02, 2009 07:18 am

Wow. That is really amazing that the child you will be adopting will most likely be a PE orphan. It's so wonderful that you can give one of these children the gift of a life with you.
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