Crowfunding site for safe births
They say that 90 percent of deaths associated with childbirth are preventable. It’s a shocking figure, particularly when the solution to so many maternal deaths can be as simple as a quick scan or proper hygiene precautions.
For women living in impoverished areas, however, the cost of such basic necessities makes safety in childbirth inaccessible. This is why start-up site Kangu is calling on the power of crowdfunding to support pregnant women in areas where maternal death is common. At present, the site is helping women in Nepal, Uganda and South America with plans to expand into the Caribbean in the near future.
Backers can go on the site at www.kangu.org and see profiles of women who have registered and read about their requirements for a safe birth. They can then directly fund part or all of their needs and receive follow-up reports on the progress of mother and child. No particular amount is required for a donation. Backers can pledge any sum they like to support one of more of the ‘mamas’ listed on the site.
At the time of writing, 553 safe births had been funded by private donors through Kangu.