AYZH: Improving Health and Livelihood of Women Using Business Solutions
“After seeing women giving birth on soiled concrete surfaces, talking with midwives, and seeing the gravity of the situation firsthand, I knew that AYZH’s purpose was incredibly important.”
– Zubaida Bai, CEO and Founder, AYZH
Maternal death can occur at any time in pregnancy, but delivery is by far the most crucial both the mother and the baby.1 Every two minutes, 60 women die giving birth for lack of access to safe birth supplies.2 Nearly 17% of women die from preventable infections.3 A majority of such deaths can be prevented if access to sanitary birthing conditions is ensured. Be it a war like situation or a normal peaceful day, a pregnant woman needs access to appropriate medical assistance – skilled medical staff, drugs and equipment – to save her own life and her baby.
High rates of maternal mortality in developing countries indicate a crucial need for innovative interventions for pregnancy and neonatal care. According to Global health experts it is recommended to institutionalize births (as opposed to home births) as a strategy to achieve Millennium Development Goals to reduce maternal mortality. There has been a global push among women to deliver in health facilities. Unfortunately, most of the health institutions lack the infrastructure and trained medical professionals to handle increased volume of births. Due to this, unsanitary birthing conditions persist even in hospital settings and infection rates remain high leading to high maternal mortality...........
2 “Your Opportunity of a Lifetime...Save a Woman’s Life... Really!”, http://www.birthingprojectusa.org/safebirthkits.html
3 Nelson Vinod Moses, “Zubaida Bai | A pack of good health”, http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/9pamPg91z2XhmuFtiWYV6O/Zubaida-Bai—A-pack-of-goodhealth.html?utm_source=copy, August 09th 2014