Rotary Sunset President Jaida Nisbett, Rotarian Michelette Boasman and members of Maternity Active Association.
MARIGOT–In recognition of Maternal and Child Health Month, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset recently donated fifty maternity gift baskets to Louis Constant Fleming Medical Centre for new mothers and babies. Each basket contained essentials such as Pampers, wipes, pacifiers, bibs, blankets, breast pads, sanitary napkins, baby oils and cream.
Maternal and Child Health Month is recognized by Rotary Clubs worldwide during the month of April. Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children throughout the world, so they can live longer and grow stronger. Rotary Clubs around the world help to expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future.
An estimated 5.9 million children under age five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care and poor sanitation, all of which can be prevented. Members of Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset gathered at the medical centre to present the baskets to representatives of Maternity Active Association. Twenty new mothers and their babies who were recently discharged from the hospital were also present to receive the maternity baskets.
“We are extremely thankful to Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset for this generous donation and for initiating this project at the hospital. It is indeed challenging at times for new mothers to provide the basic needs for their children, because oftentimes these items are a bit costly. I am sure the new mothers will greatly appreciate this donation and we are happy to see the good things you are doing in the community,” said Maternity Active Association Activities Coordinator Marie-Line Darasse.
“As a service organization, we understand that some individuals in our community face many challenges when welcoming a new-born baby, especially when it comes to providing the basic needs of the child. Our goal is to ensure that mothers are able to provide the basic necessities for their new-born babies and we are extremely grateful to be able to provide some assistance to mothers and their new-born babies, which is one of Rotary’s key areas of focus,” said Rotary Sunset President Jaida Nisbett.
Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset thanked the management and staff of Louis Constant Fleming Medical Centre and members of Maternity Active Association for the opportunity to partner on this initiative and for their cooperation and assistance in the execution of the project. The Club also thanked its Rotary Foundation Chair Michelette Boasman for arranging a special discount with Martijn Trading, which provided the products, and the members of the club who assembled the 50 maternity baskets.