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Dear Friends,

Advent means preparing our hearts and homes to celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. At this time, our thoughts turn to the many women who face the scary reality of death during pregnancy or childbirth.
No woman should die giving life!

Malteser International is promoting access to quality maternal healthcare for expectant mothers in DR Congo, Colombia, Kenya, Thailand, and Tanzania. As you ready your Advent wreaths for the season, I invite you to light a candle of hope for the vulnerable women in these countries by supporting our Christmas Appeal.

Your gift will help us continue to provide the crucial midwifery training, medical equipment, and essential care that a mother-to-be needs to survive and thrive.

I wish you and your families a pleasant Advent season.

With heartfelt thanks,
Ingo Radtke

Ingo Radtke
Secretary General
November 2019

In this month's issue:

Order of Malta supports rescue efforts after earthquake in Albania

Air strikes hit hospital supported by Malteser International in Syria

NGOs express concern over worsening food insecurity in Haiti

Innovation Forum on locally-led response to crisis

Ensuring safe childbirth in Colombia
How your gift can help a pregnant woman
  Birth midwife Colombia   Birth caesarean   Birth baby incubator
  €40 can help a pregnant woman access crucial ultrasound examinations.
  €55 can cover the costs of a life-saving Caesarean section in a clinic.
  €100 can help purchase an incubator that can save a newborn's life.
  Donate now   Donate now   Donate now  

Instead of worrying about finding the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one, consider making a donation to Malteser International in their name.
Contact us if you would like to honor someone special this Christmas.

Your honoree will receive a gift certificate notifying them of your donation on their behalf.
Syria Airstrike Hospital   Syria: Malteser International-supported Hospital hit by airstrikes

On November 8, the Kafr Nobl Surgical Hospital, in Idlib, Syria was targeted by airstrikes. It was the fourth attack this year. Fortunately, there were no casualties but medical activities had to be suspended.

» Read more from our press release on the attack.
Haiti food security   NGOs concerned over worsening food insecurity in Haiti

Humanitarian organizations in Haiti have expressed their concern over the scale of the ongoing food crisis in the country. Over 3 million people require emergency food assistance. The number will increase in the coming year if immediate measures are not taken to mitigate the crisis

» Read more.
Uganda Humanitarian Forum   Uganda: Locally-Led Response to Crisis and Displacement.

Communities thrive best when they are able to voice their preferences and actively work towards desired outcomes in crisis response. In November, Malteser International co-hosted an innovation forum on locally-led response to crisis and displacement in Kampala, Uganda.

» Click here for more information on the event.
  Earthquake in Albania: Donate to support rescue efforts

The 6.4-magnitude earthquake that hit Albania on November 25 has killed over 50 people, with more than 900 injured. It is the country's deadliest earthquake in decades. Malteser Albania and the Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps (CISOM) are on the ground in the city of Durres, providing first aid.

» Please donate now to support their efforts.
The greatest gift:
Ensuring safe childbirths in Colombia
The greatest gift: Safe childbirths in Colombia
Traditional birth attendants have played a key role for pregnant women within indigenous Wayuu communities in northern Colombia. By training them, Malteser International is helping to provide skilled care vulnerable women need to give birth safely.

This Christmas, make a donation for safe childbirths!
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