Of the thousands of types of medicines and health supplies MAP International provides each year, there is one that can have the most profound impact on lives for generations.
Prenatal vitamins could be the most critically-needed medicine in resource-poor communities, saving the lives of not only pregnant women but also their babies.
When many women in developing countries become pregnant, they are already malnourished. Their bodies are ill-equipped to provide the nutrients a growing baby needs. Expectant mothers often suffer from conditions like malnutrition and anemia as well as undiagnosed diseases such as malaria.
MAP International is working with local partners to ship life-saving medicines and health supplies to more than ten countries in the next 90 days. Within these containers, MAP will provide millions of dollars worth of medicines that will treat up to 250,000 people in need.
It is imperative that each container include an abundant supply of prenatal vitamins, as urgently requested by local health workers and clinics.
MAP International-supplied medicines are trusted by health care providers in the developing world because they are known to be both safe and effective.
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Angelina, an expecting mother of three, lives with her children in a slum near an enormous garbage dump in Guatemala City. Their life isn’t easy.
Angelina’s youngest daughter, Charon, is just five years old and suffers from respiratory issues. A simple treatment of amoxicillin costs as much as a full week's pay. This family cannot afford medicine for Charon, much less paying for prenatal vitamins for Angelina and their unborn child.
In the middle of this horrific setting, Angelina and her family find hope at a clinic filled with medicines from MAP International.
The Heart of Love clinic, started by nurse Lelah and her husband pastor Saul, provides Angelina and her children with medicines for their respiratory issues as well as vitamins free of charge.
“We are very grateful for being able to serve this poor community,” said nurse Lelah. “These medicines are helping many people, and having the medicines brings so much hope. Even just one bandage comes in the name of Christ.”
Angelina, pictured here with her daughter, represents the hope MAP International offers through its medicines. Without prenatal vitamins provided by MAP International, Angelina’s soon to be born infant would be at risk for blindness, malnutrition and other illness.
Her three beautiful children ran behind her as she walked to the clinic where she has been receiving prenatal vitamins. Because of your support, Angelina and her children have a chance to break the cycle of poverty because they have access to the medicine you helped provide.
The little girl smiling in the picture is Angelina’s youngest daughter, Charon. At the clinic, the doctors gave Charon and her sibling medicine to help with their coughs and allergies.
If it weren't for the doctors using medicines and supplies provided by MAP, Mellisia would have lost all hope.
It’s impossible to imagine an expectant mother not having the medicines she needs during pregnancy. With God’s grace, Mellisia experienced a miracle. And it happened because of your support of MAP International.