The 2020 MicroClinic Initiative Newsletter brings you updates about our programs in Kenya and South Sudan, details about upcoming events, opportunities to get involved, and more. View this email in your browser
Dedicated to the health of mothers and their families in Africa
Blue Collar Workers Benefit from 2020 MicroClinic Services
Thanks to new grants and your generous donations, we have exciting news to share about a program expansion that allows us to lower health care costs and improve access for blue collar workers.
Why focus on blue collar workers?
These men and women — from security guards to maintenance staff, trench diggers to garbage collectors — earn less than $10 a day. Low pay and less health care access means rampant infectious disease and unattended reproductive health issues. This is particularly problematic for those with (often preventable) health issues associated with chronic illnesses, or for women of child-bearing age, who have routine needs beyond those of their male counterparts.
What are we doing to facilitate access to care for blue collar workers in East Africa?
In association with Sagitarix, Ltd., based in Nairobi, Kenya, we provide support to a network of CheckUps clinics. Thanks to grants and your donations, these clinics are able to address the reproductive health needs of these blue collar workers. Women are 51% of our CheckUps patients, and 98% of these women need some reproductive health service within 6 months of their first encounter with CheckUps. They come to depend on CheckUps for access to affordable services, health education, and support with health financing through their employers to meet their needs. This support is critical since most public and private health insurance policies in East Africa do not cover family planning or primary reproductive health services. Without this service, these workers risk losing their jobs. Thank you to our supporters for helping us fill that gap.
Patients at our CheckUps site in South Sudan
Executive Director Lynne Davidson
Announces Her Departure
After nearly eight years with 2020 MicroClinic, and five years as Executive Director, Lynne Davidson announces her departure, effective December 31, 2019.
Lynne is proud to have played a role in driving improvements in rural Kenyan maternal and infant health indicators during her time at 2020 MCI. Over the last five years, the rate at which women receive prenatal care visits and the rate at which they deliver their babies in hospitals have both improved dramatically.
From board member Lee Rubinstein: "I have been very impressed with the work Lynne has done. Her dedication, energy and knowledge have opened my eyes to the important work that 2020 MCI has been doing over the last eight years. While there is always more to do, Lynne has taken that first step and brought the rest of us along, opening our eyes and hearts to the women and children of rural Kenya." And from Board Chair Mary Charipar: "Lynne’s tireless work has enabled 2020 to become more than we ever could imagine. Her successful grant proposals have allowed 2020 to expand to touch the lives of mothers and children across Kenya. We are grateful for her commitment and passion for the work of 2020."
Lynne says, "My time with this organization has been incredibly rewarding. I will always be grateful to the 2020 MCI board for giving me this opportunity, to our program beneficiaries for helping us find the right path, and to the donors for making it all happen." Lynne will continue to work with 2020 MicroClinic in an advisory role.
We soon will announce 2020 MCI's exciting plans for the year 2020. Stay tuned!
Still Time for Year-end Donations
You hear from many worthy causes this time of year, and we understand how difficult it can be to know which ones will make the best use of your donations. We thank you for your past support of 2020 MicroClinic, and we hope that you'll choose us again before the end of this year. A dollar goes a long way in rural African villages, so you make a huge difference. Please visit our donation page.
Donor of the Month: Baum-Essex
Baum-Essex is a privately held corporation headquartered in the Empire State Building with a seventy year history as a manufacturer of rainwear, outerwear, umbrellas, dinnerware, cutlery, beach accessories, handbags, and natural fiber products.
"All the members of Baum-Essex ownership feel that giving back to communities in need is a priority and that’s why we’ve chosen to lend our support to fantastic organizations like 2020 MicroClinic."
Thank you Baum-Essex!
Don't forget to request a match from your employer for your donations to 2020 MicroClinic! Each year, corporate matches enable to us to bring our services to hundreds of additional families. Please contact us if you need to know more about requesting a matching gift from your employer.