The goal of Charis is to have a representative in every country around the world. In addition to the many students and members we have across the United States, we currently have students who are missionaries or humanitarian workers in Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Our desire is to be able to send a team to minister to our servants on the mission field as often as possible. We will keep you informed of our short-term mission trips in our monthly e-newsletter as they are planned.
To the right is a picture of Deborah Hamilton (right) and the midwife she assists (left) in northern Madagascar. We hope to be able to visit and serve Deborah and our other Charis family members serving around the world on a regular basis. Your contributions to Charis Childbirth can make it happen!
HOW CAN WHAT WE DO REALLY IMPACT THE WORLD???
According to UNICEF, maternal and newborn deaths have a number of common structural and underlying causes, including:
• Poorly resourced, unresponsive and culturally inappropriate health and nutrition services.
• Food insecurity.
• Inadequate feeding practices.
• Lack of hygiene and access to safe water or adequate sanitation.
• Female illiteracy.
• Early pregnancy.
• Discrimination and exclusion of mothers and children from access to essential health and nutrition services and commodities due to poverty and geographic or political marginalization.
These factors result in millions of unnecessary deaths each year. Their wide-ranging nature and interrelatedness require them to be addressed at different levels – community, household, service provider, government and international – in an integrated manner to maximize effectiveness and reach.
The solutions to these impediments are well known, particularly those relating to the direct causes of maternal, neonatal and child deaths. The necessary interventions involve the provision of packages of essential primary health-care services for children across a continuum of care that spans pregnancy, childbirth and after delivery, leading to care for children in the crucial early years of life.
(excerpted from The State of the World’s Children 2008 )
THROUGH OUR MEMBERS AROUND THE WORLD, CHARIS IS WORKING TOWARD MEETING THOSE NEEDS!