Nashville, TN (PRWEB) October 02, 2014
David Vanderpool, M.D., CEO and founder of LiveBeyond, recently spoke at “The Mother and Child Project” conference at Brentwood Baptist Church to share how his organization is addressing maternal and infant health issues in Thomazeau, Haiti.
He spoke alongside global health experts including former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, M.D., and representatives from national organizations including, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Hope Through Healing Hands, Compassion International and World Vision.
Hope Through Healing Hands (HTHH), a Nashville-based global health organization, sponsored the conference to raise awareness around maternal health needs in the developing world, and how local and national organizations are educating and caring for mothers and children worldwide.
At the conference, Dr. Vanderpool shared his experiences implementing a maternal health program in Thomazeau, Haiti, and the impact of LiveBeyond’s model to educate and support expectant mothers in the community.
“Our long-term presence in the Thomazeau region has allowed LiveBeyond to touch the lives of more than 2,000 expectant mothers in the community,” said Vanderpool. “As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, these women did not have access to basic medical care and maternal education prior to the establishment of our program, which resulted in a devastatingly high maternal and infant mortality rate.”
“Through our maternal health model, we have substantially decreased the perinatal morality by 66 percent throughout the Thomazeau region by simply educating these women and supporting them throughout their pregnancy.”
LiveBeyond’s maternal health program provides pregnant women with:
- Initial screenings and weekly pregnancy monitoring
- Weekly provision of prenatal vitamins and nutritional support
- Weekly maternal health education
- Obstetrical delivery kit
- Delivery assistance
- Newborn follow-up
All of the speakers at the conference have various methods for addressing maternal and infant health in developing countries, but unite together for one common goal – To save lives of women and children throughout the world.
LiveBeyond is a faith-based 501(C)(3) organization bringing medical and maternal healthcare, clean water, orphanage support and rural development in Thomazeau, Haiti. David Vanderpool, M.D. is the founder and CEO, and resides in Thomazeau, Haiti to oversee daily operations of LiveBeyond.
For more information, visit http://www.LiveBeyond.org.