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International Day of the Midwife: Walk for Midwives

Horizons of Friendship
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For International Day of the Midwife, join Horizons of Friendship in partnership with New Life Midwives for a 3km walk to raise funds to support Indigenous, traditional midwives in Totonicapán, Guatemala. Support their journey to provide essential health care for Indigenous women and children by committing to walking 3km with us on Saturday, May 5th at Victoria Park in Cobourg, ON.

How To Register
You can register and pledge online: https://www.horizons.ca/events-gallery/2018/5/5/international-day-of-the-midwife-walk-for-midwives
OR drop by our office at 50 Covert St., Cobourg, ON.

What You're Supporting:
In Totonicapán, Guatemala, Indigenous, traditional midwives often walk two to three hours to reach their patients in the rural highlands. Day or night, rain or shine, they walk these long unmarked routes between communities to reach pregnant women and new mothers in need of health care. Traditional midwives are the most accessible and acceptable maternal and child health care providers for Indigenous families in rural Guatemala, attending 69% of births throughout the country. However, they still remain unrecognized and unpaid by the Public Health system despite the integral role they play in health care for the most marginalized population in the country. Horizons’ “Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: Transforming Indigenous Lives” (MNCH) project seeks to provide more than 1,000 midwives throughout Totonicapán with education and equipment to enhance their service delivery while recognizing their cultural traditions and experience.

Funds from the Walk for Midwives would specifically contribute to:
• Educational workshops for Indigenous, traditional midwives;
• Essential delivery equipment for midwives;
• Stipends for lead midwives facilitating workshops.

For more information visit our website www.horizons.ca or contact Hannah at hmatthews@horizons.ca