Wednesday, August 28, 2013

From Mom to Mom: New Mass General Fundraising Initiative Links Boston Moms with Moms in Uganda

Laura Riley, MD, Carolyn O'Gorman, Blair Wylie, MD, MPH
Carolyn O'Gorman (center) is expecting her third child. She is helping (left) Laura Riley, MD, and (right) Blair Wylie, MD, MPH, raise money to help mothers in Uganda have a safe and comfortable delivery.

Carolyn O’Gorman of Winchester, Mass., has never been to Uganda. But she’s helping to raise money for a Massachusetts General Hospital initiative called Moms Helping Moms that buys maternity supplies to stock a large hospital there.

When Laura Riley, MD, of Mass General’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, told Carolyn about conditions in the maternity ward at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda, Carolyn was appalled. Women who are treated at the hospital must walk into the town of Mbarara to buy medical supplies for their own emergency C-sections. This can delay the operation — of critical importance to ensuring a healthy outcome for mother and child — by hours.

Dr. Riley and Blair Wylie, MD, MPH, a researcher and obstetrician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology who often visits Uganda, have been part of a Mass General program at Mbarara Hospital to improve health care, but the maternity ward remains severely understaffed by American standards. That’s where Moms Helping Moms comes in. The program is designed to give families an opportunity to make small or large monetary contributions that will help purchase maternity supplies for the hospital. Read more about Moms Helping Moms

Support Moms Helping Moms

The goal of Moms Helping Moms is to provide supplies and support to Mbarara Hospital, of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, to make deliveries safer and more comfortable for mothers and their newborns. The hospital often runs out of supplies and a few dollars could make a huge difference. Donate now

$10 — would buy “mama kits,” that could include cotton, gauze, a surgical blade, soap and cord used for vaginal births
$50 — would buy blood pressure machines used to detect life-threatening complications during labor
$75 — would buy supplies to perform one C-section
$750 — would purchase a cabinet that could be used to securely store essential supplies and drugs
$7,500 — would purchase a computer and provide a salary for a data clerk to track obstetric outcomes
$10,000 — would sponsor a Ugandan physician to attend an extensive training course in OB safety and quality improvement at Mass General

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