CSI May 2016 Digest                           
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Childbirth Survival International
May 2016 Digest

Information Sharing with CSI Friends, Partners, and Donors
Celebrating Midwives and Mothers; Thanks to Partners and CSI Volunteers

Happy Mother's Day!

Welcome to CSI May 2016 Digest!
May 5th: International Day of the Midwife
Midwives are doing everything they can for pregnant women and their babies, despite limited supplies, medicines, equipment, and support. Many live for months without being paid a decent salary. May 5th was a big day for CSI Tanzania and midwifery guruChildbirth Survival International Cofounder and Tanzania Country Director, Stella Mpanda inspired midwives to serve selflessly, and stakeholders to urgently address the shortage of midwives in Tanzania. Stella was featured in the local news with her powerful message. May midwives live long!

May 7th: Morgan State University Cohort XII Nursing Students Present Capstone Project - CSI Nigeria! 
"The first meeting in February 2016 with Cohort XII seems like yesterday" said Tausi Suedi, Childbirth Survival International Cofounder and Country Team Leader. Five graduate nursing students at Morgan State University ventured to establish a CSI site in Ondo State, Nigeria. Their short-term goal was to have an A-grade capstone project and graduate; their long-term goal for CSI Nigeria to carry it forward and save lives, educate and inform communities, increase awareness, and work with religious and community leaders to address the high rates of preventable maternal and newborn deaths and disabilities. Special thanks to Dr. Annette Snyder for making this collaboration possible. View more picture here. May partnerships and collaborations lead to great success in maternal and newborn health!

May 13th: Fashion Show Fundraiser To Benefit CSI  
This will be CSI's major fundraiser in 2016. Runway Moms for a Cause is bringing together celebrity mom models and professionals from the Washington DC metropolitan area for a black-tie event of learning and giving. VIP tickets are sold out! General admission tickets for $75 are still available. Saving mothers and newborns from unnecessary deaths and disabilities is a moral imperative. For details and tickets visit event website at If you are not able to attend but would still like to support CSI's work, you can make a small donation of $7 for childbirth kits to help pregnant women. May your contribution help save lives at birth! 

May 23rd: International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
Obstetric fistula affects millions of women, mainly in the developing world. The condition has significant repercussions on a woman's social and family life. Those who develop obstetric fistula are unable to perform their family duties, and are frequently divorced or abandoned by their husbands, ridiculed by friends, disowned by family, and even isolated by health workers. Obstetric fistula is preventable. CSI joins the global health community to raise awareness and continues to work with nurses and midwives to end obstetric fistula. May obstetric fistula be history!
CSI Volunteers - The Faces Behind CSI
Childbirth Survival International has an amazing team of skilled and passionate volunteers, please meet some of our key team members. Read more on CSI Volunteer page.
We thank all CSI Volunteers for their commitment to make a difference.
Karen Glen, Grant Writer
Toronto, Canada
Godfrey Mnyawami, Social Worker
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Prossy Lubega, Nurse-Midwife
Wakiso, Uganda
Cheryl Harrell, Grant Writer
Dallas, Texas
May You Be Inspired by Childbirth Survival International
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