Communication Team -

"Unveiling Hope: Sara's Triumph Through Yamaan's Safe Motherhood Voucher Program"

As a Yamaan Community health volunteer stationed in Dhamar governorate, Nada often encounters heart-wrenching tales of women struggling to access essential healthcare services. One such poignant narrative unfolded during a routine household visit on June 11th, 2023, in the village of Al-Bardoun, Al-Hada district, shedding light on the challenges faced by families like that of Atiq Saleh.

Upon introducing herself and the purpose of her visit—identifying pregnant women eligible for the Safe Motherhood voucher—Nada was met with a mix of emotions from Atiq Saleh, the head of the household. After gaining entry, she was introduced to Sara, Atiq's wife, who, at nine months pregnant, exhibited signs of exhaustion and distress.

Sara's tears, shed as Nada explained the voucher's benefits supported by Yamaan Foundation, hinted at a history of profound suffering. Sara recounted the agony of six pregnancies marked by financial strain, chronic illness within the family, and the heartbreaking loss of several children due to complications during childbirth.

Despite the family's best efforts to seek medical assistance, financial constraints often left them unable to afford necessary treatments or hospital visits. Sara's recounting of her previous pregnancies, marked by stillbirths and immense sorrow, painted a stark picture of their struggles.

With Sara now pregnant for the sixth time, and the prospect of affording a hospital delivery seeming bleak, Nada's reassurance and provision of the Safe Motherhood voucher sparked a glimmer of hope. The voucher, covering essential healthcare services, brought tears of relief and gratitude from Sara and her family, a stark contrast to their previous despair.

Following Sara's successful caesarean delivery at Dhamar General Hospital, her safe return home with her newborn son marked a triumph over adversity. Sara's expression of gratitude towards Yamaan Foundation and all involved in the humanitarian effort underscored the transformative impact of the Safe Motherhood Voucher Program.

Nada's encounter with Sara is just one of many untold stories, highlighting the urgent need for continued support and expansion of the program to reach more families in need. Despite the challenges and limitations faced, Sara's journey stands as a testament to the program's profound impact, offering a lifeline to vulnerable communities amidst adversity.