This year, Dan and I are running the 5K in the Baltimore Running Festival to raise money for Jhpiego, where I am interning in the Policy and Advocacy Unit. Jhpiego is a nonprofit affiliate of Johns Hopkins University and seeks to create and deliver transformative health care solutions in partnership with national governments, health experts, and local communities by building the skills of health providers, developing systems that save lives, and guarantee healthier futures for women and their families.
Miles for Mothers is an annual program of Jhpiego's to fundraise for a specific project that the organization is working on. This year, all fundraising through Miles for Mothers will support medical equipment for the camps in South Sudan. South Sudan is conitnuing to face a refugee crisis after a multi-year civil war. Currently, tens of thousands of people in South Sudan are living in makeshift camps, which are under-funded and lack critical medical equipment for the populations that rely on them. This humanitarian crisis has led to incredibly high maternal mortality rates, and the camps are often unequipped to provide quality health services. Money from Miles for Mothers will directly support medical equipment for South Sudan, including:
Diagnostic medical supplies
Supplies for community health workers
Equipment for clinics (beds, benches, tables, chairs)
When I moved to Baltimore last summer, I rediscovered a love for running, and am excited to put that passion towards a cause that I care deeply about!