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Dear CSI Friends and Partners,

Greetings from Baltimore, Maryland 
— home of Childbirth Survival International (CSI) headquarters.
We diligently support CSI programs in our different
country locations with high-level responsibilities and roles to ensure CSI efforts continue to reach the unreached and we are indeed making a long-term positive impact for pregnant women, newborns, children under five years, and youth. We are pleased to share these updates with you and hope you enjoy reading our Q2 newsletter!

Warm regards,
Tausi Suedi, MPH
Cofounder & Country Team Leader

When a pregnant mother's life is saved and she can return to her family with her newborn baby - we have reason to celebrate that achievement and our role in helping a mother and baby survive.
In this quarter,100 low-income pregnant women benefited and hundreds more were informed from our community educational outreach activities under CSI's Saving Lives at Birth program. CSI continues to remain a Picturekey partner and in the frontlines to reduce preventable and treatable causes of death and disability in pregnant women, newborns, and children under five. To improve maternal health, increase newborn survival, and ensure girls have access to opportunities similar to their brothers, the community - especially men and respectable leaders needs to be fully engaged and on-board.

To reduce preventable deaths and disabilities, CSI works with Midwives as key and priority partners.
On August 1, 2016, licensed midwives across Tanzania will have the opportunity to strengthen their skills, learn best practices, return to their respective working locations and provide respectful maternity care (RMC). Every month CSI will conduct intensive and robust midwifery professional development short courses that boost midwifery skills in Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care, Helping Babies Breathe, Helping Mothers Survive, and more. By building on their skills, midwives ensure pregnant women are treated with respect, receive quality services, and that ultimately reduces unnecessary death and disability. Registration is now open.

Behind any successful organization is a team of hardworking and passionate people. They care enough to want to do something, however small it may be.
 Investing in girls is a smart investment for families and communities to thrive. No girl child should be left behind just because she is a girl.
There has been great progress to educate and empower the girl child. With more than 62 million girls not in school and their rights being consistently violated  parents, organizations, businesses, leaders, and governments must take accelerated action. CSI will collaborate with Buganda Kingdom to reach out to 500 adolescent girls in Kokyi and Kabula, Masaka District. This partnership comes at a perfect time where Ugandans are engaged and supportive to ending teenage pregnancies. CSI's Girl Talk, Girl Power program designed only for the girlchild addresses comprehensive sexual and reproductive health among other "taboo" topics, which have perpetuated a culture where girls remain vulnerable and marginalized. We would like to thank Rotarians and Rotary Foundation District 7620 for approving CSI Uganda girlchild project. Investing in girls is key to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. 
Help Mom and Baby survive
To date, CSI has helped 250 poor pregnant women in Tanzania and Uganda with childbirth kits (mama kits) helping to increase number of births with a skilled birth attendant. Help us reach our 2016 goal of 1000 pregnant women
Keep premature babies warm
Basic needs are really basic! In 2015, CSI donated socks and hats to help premature babies at Muhimbili Hospital stay warm. Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Tanzania has requested assistance for Socks and Hats for 200 premature babies.
Girl Talk, Girl Power
Educating and empowering girls is the necessary force of good everyone has a stake in. Menstruation is one of the many barriers to learning and CSI is breaking those barriers. Read Tausi's June 2016 call-to-action message. 
"The smallest act of kindness can be enough to give someone the one thing everybody needs - Hope" 
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