Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Shine on Sierra Leone- BirthRight Healthcare Program

I had the honor of helping my good friend Leilani (whom is a fellow doula and birth keeper) with a fundraiser recently for Shine on Sierra Leone- a beautiful non-profit organization helping improve birthing outcomes for women in Sierra Leone. SOSL held a fabulous and intimate fundraiser at Russel Simmons' home to raise money to help further the mission of the BirthRight Healthcare Program and establish a new prenatal wellness center. Just some basics so you know what is going on over there in terms of maternity care:
  • 1 out of 6 infants die before the age of 1
  • 1 out of 8 mothers die at childbirth
  • 1 out of 5 children dies before the age of 5
  • There is only 1 gynecologist and 12 doctors in the entire country
Founder Tiffany Perons partnered with Celebrity Apprentice contestant and supermodel Selita E.Banks and launched the Birthright Healthcare Program for SOSL, which is focuses on reducing these brutal statistics. On this season’s Celebrity Apprentice, Selita won $20,000 and is using the total amount to start a maternal ward that will offer free maternal care and postnatal care.

Join Selita and SOSL in moving forward and completing the rehabilitation of one maternal ward per year. Help Shine on Sierra Leone work to match Selita's contribution of $20,000!

Visit Shine on Sierra Leone

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