WHO WE ARE
The 1789 Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization registered in the United States of America. We are comprised of medical personnel, public health professionals and financial experts dedicated to improving the health of mothers and newborns in underserved populations. The 1789 Fund works in some of the world's most vulnerable nations to decrease the number of mothers and newborns dying in pregnancy and childbirth.
The 1789 Fund seeks to ensure that every woman can enjoy her right to maternal health and every child can grow up to achieve his or her full potential, regardless of their geographical location. We believe every mother and baby deserve a happy and healthy outcome in pregnancy and childbirth. The 1789 Fund is investing in our world's future through midwifery education and increasing accessibility to critical life-saving services for women and children.
Our mission is to promote gender equality worldwide through the investment in the economic empowerment of women and the health of mothers and newborns. At the 1789 Fund, we believe that in order to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, it is essential to focus on poverty and gender inequality and their direct effect on health outcomes. We firmly believe gender inequality and women’s socioeconomic status significantly impact women’s health and the overall health of women and their families. In addition to our maternal and child health programming, the 1789 Fund works directly with local women’s cooperatives to support the economic empowerment of women. We believe that this will help bridge this gap between economic and gender equity and health outcomes.
Our vision is for every mother and newborn to have a healthy and empowered life. We work to ensure that mothers and newborns remain healthy throughout all stages of pregnancy and childbirth, with the ultimate outcome of a safe delivery for mother and baby. In order to achieve this, we focus on three strategic pillars:
Capacity-Building: Development of human resources within existing health systems and strengthening of their skills and competencies in maternal and neonatal health.
Evidence-based interventions: Implementation of practices that have empirical evidence of effectiveness.
Sustainability: Development of equitable solutions that continue to meet the communities' needs for generations to come.
Maternal and neonatal mortality are important indicators of health inequalities between and within nations, and stagnation in progress in these areas are a human rights violation. Investing in maternal and newborn health has numerous implications not only for mother and baby, but also for the health and future of children and communities worldwide.