Send Hope Not Flowers


Have you heard of the organisation Send Hope Not Flowers? It aims to reduce the maternal mortality rate in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Indonesia and the Solomon Islands.

I first heard of Dr Barry Kirby after watching a profile of him on Foreign Correspondent. After discovering a young woman dying on a road in PNG, he trained as a doctor and now works tirelessly to reduce the maternal mortality rate in that country.

In PNG, Send Hope Not Flowers provides funding for baby bundles which include cotton nappies, a blanket, sanitary supplies for the mother and baby clothes wrapped in a plastic baby bath. Mothers receive this when they have a supervised birth in a health centre.

I recently donated to the organisation when my nephew was born instead of purchasing flowers for his mum. For the cost of a bunch of flowers, this money can help save the life of another mother in the developing world.

For me, that was a beautiful way to celebrate the birth of my nephew by helping another mother especially considering that every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from complications in childbirth.

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