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May 27, 2022

Pregnant Woman Wishes for Better Healthcare

Muslim Hands

With no medical care in her village in Mali, Wassa Dombia, a mother of three, fears for her baby’s health as she’s pregnant again.

Living in poverty, she collects and trades wood for a living as her husband doesn’t work. “Life is difficult,” she says.  “We sell a pile of wood sticks for 25 francs (approximately CAD 5 cents) which doesn’t buy us much.”

Shortly after her first pregnancy, she had a miscarriage. When she fell pregnant again, she was referred to another facility as her village lacked proper maternal care.  “I successfully delivered the second time, but it wasn’t easy as I had injured my feet,” she says.   

Even for a consultation, the family must travel to a hospital in Sanankoroba, which is 7 kilometers away from her village.  And without adequate transportation, the journey becomes even more tedious.

Since options are limited, her husband treats her with traditional medicines at home, but this option only offers temporary relief.

Her only wish is to have proper medical clinics locally to avoid traveling long distances. “That would be our dream. Women in this village are very worried about their health.” Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia account for 86 % of maternal deaths worldwide.

“Our babies also get sick due to insect bites,” she says.  According to UNICEF, approximately 59 deaths per 1000 live births happen in Mali, one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world.  

“We request your help, so we can improve our maternity center,” she pleads.



For mothers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, pregnancy is a matter of life and death.  Inequality in access to maternal deaths results in these startling gaps. With adequate intervention, these deaths can be prevented.

With your support, we build Motherkind clinics, where all pregnant women receive the care they deserve during this crucial phase in their lives.

We request you to join forces with us so we can curb these preventable deaths that result in over 800 women dying every day due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Thank you for being Motherkind.

Muslim Hands

Muslim Hands was established in the UK in 1993. Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO working in over 50 countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. Muslim Hands Canada is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (Charity Registration No. 81126 4985 RR0001).