Like millions of other women in the DRC, expecting mothers who come to Shalupe Foundation are often unable to afford adequate neonatal care, let alone vital supplies for their newborn children. Many women cannot travel long distances to hospitals for medical care and to give birth; of those who are able to, some cannot afford to pay their bills and are detained, effectively imprisoned in a place where they should feel safe. At Shalupe Foundation, we believe that every woman has the right to give her child a safe, healthy start to life, and we do all we can to make this a reality for our constituents.
Our Maternal Health program includes transporting new and expecting mothers to local hospitals and providing them with "maternity kits" that include all the essential items for new mothers: baby formula, clothing, blankets, soap, and more. Furthermore, we pay to bail out mothers who cannot afford to pay their hospital bills. As with our other projects, we ask nothing in return save for the mothers to "pay it forward" and help other women in the same situation in the future - thereby perpetuating the cycle of a supportive, sustainable community network.
In addition, Shalupe partners with Women United for the Advancement of African Countries (WUACC), a hybrid social enterprise pioneered by our Execute Director Mireille Tushiminina. Through this partnership, we help provide health education to women, with a focus on neonatal health. Furthermore, we direct women to WUACC’s health insurance program, in which they contribute a manageable portion of their wages so that they might receive healthcare when they need it. For more information on WUACC and to find out how you can get involved, visit