AWIU Provides Grant To Health & Development Initiative (HDI)
AWIU helps HDI Inc continue its work by providing a grant to support 5 women (midwife-‐assistants) who each receive monthly compensation in local currency (CFA, West African Francs) totaling $700/year/female midwife-‐assistant. AWIU’s grant will provide compensation of $700/year for each “midwife-‐ assistant” to be available 24/7 to help deliver babies at her local health center. This grant will pay 5 community-‐resident women to benefit an expected 5,900 birthing women, 26,670 women of childbearing age, and in fact their entire catchment areas with a population of 121,000 people in Tera District of Tillaberi Region in Niger for a full year.
About HDI: HDI was established in Massachusetts in 1990, initially as a 501c3 private operating foundation due to its then small number of donors, and then as a 501c3 Public Charity (HDI Inc), to help permanently prevent major causes of permanent indignity, and thus to also facilitate socio-economic development. Having started with Guinea Worm Disease Eradication, we expanded to lymphatic filariasis (causes elephantiasis), then in 2003 to Rapid Prevention of Obstetric Fistula and Maternal Mortality, and in 2014 to preventing women from bleeding to death at childbirth, aiming to halve that number all across Niger, hopefully within two years.