Most of you will have heard of JoJo Maman Bébé before, perhaps you have even bought some of their fabulous childrens products like us but did you know that for the last 8 years they have been supporting mothers and babies in Mozambique?
Here is what they have to say about it:
In Mozambique, infant and maternal mortality rates are scarily high – in some areas one in three children will not live to see their 5th birthday. JoJo Maman Bébé, the mother and baby specialist, has been working to help reduce this shocking statistics for the past 8 years.
In rural areas, seeking medical attention often means a long walk to reach the town. Once there you will join a queue outside the basic hospital only to find, when it is eventually your turn to see the doctor, that in most cases the medicine has already run out.
A motorbike ambulance will speed up the process of treating patients by taking much needed medicines to those most in need and getting them to the hospital on time in the case of a difficult birth.
“We would love to be able to buy an ambulance in time for Christmas this year” says Laura Tenison MBE, JoJo founder and MD, who has recently returned from visiting the charity.
As a mother of two and someone who had to be admitted to hospital in numerous occasions during pregnancy I can’t imagine having to walk for hours in order to get to my nearest hospital. In the UK we are so lucky with our healthcare system and although we complain about waiting lists etc I think we should be very grateful for that. Imagine your baby in pain needing a doctor and knowing it would take 4 hours to get them there. How frightening and heartbreaking it must be to know you can’t provide the care your child needed or being pushed to a hospital in a wheelbarrow during labour.
A motorbike ambulance will speed up the process of treating patients by taking much needed medicines to those most in need and getting them to the hospital on time in the case of a difficult birth. It costs just £12,000 to buy a motorbike ambulance, run and maintain it for two years, amazingly including the driver’s salary. JoJo customers can support this much needed appeal in two ways – by purchasing a JoJo Gift Voucher in store or online, or by donating directly through the JoJo website. JoJo has pledged to donate 10% of the value of every Gift Voucher purchased to Nema this Christmas, in order to raise the funds required.