SHARE has been in partnership with the health services in Tigray for 20 years now and we are heartbroken to hear that our colleagues there are finding it so difficult to even provide the most basic of health care due to the current humanitarian crises. The UN has estimated 4 million people are in need of aid. One of our dear friends and nurses working in Tigray is trying to help new displaced mothers, by providing support in the form of a 'Mama Kit'. This includes gruel (3kg), a blanket for mother, a baby blanket and 2 bars of antiseptic soap. She has volunteers making the packs and distributing them. Each pack costs £25 and we hope to support as many as we can.
Our initial target of 250 packs was met rapidly thanks to our supporters but sadly the demand is rising due to ongoing unrest and challenges securing an humanitarian aid corridor. We have therefore increased the food donation from 3kg-5kg, added clothing/pyjamas as often the mothers have nothing but the clothes they wore on admission, plus the number of mothers/week delivering is increasing as they hear Ayder Hospital is the only functioning hospital in the region. We have now increased our target amount and are appealing for further donations.
To date we have secure means of ensuring all money donated is used for MamaKit essentials (none is used in administration or to facilitate the program) but if local needs change, donations will be used for other humanitarian projects in the region identified by our partners. Our local team on the ground are doing this all voluntarily and are so grateful to receive these donations and deliver this aid.