The Most Important Cards You Could Buy This Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, mums around the world are coming together to solve problems they face in their communities.

Women’s community health groups in Uganda have helped women overcome and reduce the risks of deadly diseases, emergency health issues, and danger during pregnancy and labour, by using picture cards.

These cards illustrate the health problems the women may face, the actions they can take to reduce or deal with these problems and the barriers they might face when taking these actions. The groups then use the cards to help find solutions to these barriers.

Donating just £15 can buy a pack of picture cards, which can reach up to 30 women in each health group.

Nighty’s Story

Nighty Acam, a women’s health group facilitator from Uganda uses picture cards in her meetings. They to teach women warning signs for major health issues in pregnancy or labour.

“We discuss these issues and come up with clear plans to help solve some of our issues. In our group women know and understand signs of malaria, symptoms of miscarriage, the dangers of wrong childbirth positions and the effects of obstructed labour.”

Nighty shows some of the cards illustrating dangers and risks to women and their newborn babies during and after pregnancy

Nighty shows some of the cards illustrating dangers and risks to women and their newborn babies during and after pregnancy

Nighty has seen how these picture cards have helped spread knowledge and have helped save lives.

“Women get a lot of information in our meetings that was not easy to come by before. The most useful thing for us, that really helps improve our lives, is the knowledge we gain about health issues.”

Picture cards are simple, sustainable and versatile, reaching women in many different contexts and helping to save lives.

A £30 donation could mean picture cards reach 60 women.

Nighty continues, “Women’s group members now endeavour to attend vital antenatal care. Health workers have told us that our work in groups is contributing to more women seeking health care when pregnant.”

This could not have happened without generous support from our donors. 

You can help these vital picture cards reach more women around the world.


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