Train a nurse
Maternal care progress
Indigenous women in South America usually give birth at home, where complications can bring death. Even in villages with modern clinics, women choose home delivery, because doctors and nurses — often from faraway urban areas — are often disrespectful of traditional practices.
This gift will train one health care worker to understand local cultures and provide better, more sensitive care — so that more women will use life-saving health services. An FCI project in Ecuador and Bolivia trains health providers to make the simple adjustments — allowing relatives to bring in warm drinks for women in labor (which tradition says will bring a healthy baby) or to stay in the room during delivery — that can make the birth experience a positive one for local women, leading to greater use of health facilities and fewer deaths and disabilities.