Why I Start Denko Foundation

Denko Foundation = Children Foundation

Denko Foundation is a non-profit organization 501c3 based in Los Angeles but plan to serve Mali women and children by helping them to reduce the high rate of maternal and infantile mortality.

I am weir of this situation because my mom is a midwife. After been six years without going back in Mali, I when there in January 2006. I used to drop my mom every morning so I can use her car, one morning I went inside hospital because she was going to give me something, soon I got inside I saw almost six women in labor but this young lady about 16 years old, her name was Djeneba, caught my eye. She was rolling on this dirt public hospital floor sweating. I asked my mom, how long she been here and she said since last night and she has some complications, she never came for prenatal check up, she have a malaria, baby position is not good and she only two finger.

Now we are waiting for the doctor for c section. The same day when I went to pickup my mom, she told me that they weren’t able to save Djeneba and the baby.

Mali is the third poorest country in the world according to the Human Development. Poverty in Mali is generalized affecting people most of who live in rural areas. The country’s poor people lack of access to education and are vulnerable to illness and malnutrition. They have fewer opportunities to participate in social and economic life and their housing is inadequate. Life expectancy is low and infant and maternal mortality is high.

The 11 million people of the Republic of Mali are among the poorest in the world. Life expectancy is only 54 years. The average annual per capita income is $750. The majorities of the poor people (86 per cent) live in rural areas, and the agricultural sector, mainly cotton and rice growing, accounts for 47 per cent of Mali’s Gross Domestic Product.

Each day 80 newborns die in Mali, every three hours a woman in Mali dies due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth. In Mali, only one in four births is assisted by a skilled attendant. An estimated one in 19 women dies from pregnancy-related causes in Mali (the risk for women in Switzerland is 1 in 6,900) and complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth are responsible for one third of the deaths of Malian women aged 15 to 49. They found that Mali stands to lose $350 million over the next 12 years because of the productivity the country loses when women die, or are disabled, from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. And in the next 12 years, if nothing is done to improve health care, 34,000 mothers and 340,000 newborns will die. Life expectancy is low and infant mortality is high.

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