In remote, mountainous regions of Afghanistan, donkeys are still the main means of transport for pregnant women needing to access urgent healthcare services. Without adequate roads and with limited access to alternative transport, working animals are literally the difference between life and death for many women and their newborn babies.
Unsurprisingly, in this impoverished and insecure part of the world, maternal and infant mortality rates remain high.
SPANA is working with our local partners to develop a specially-designed maternity saddle to get expectant mothers to clinics quickly, safely and comfortably. The saddle is also designed to ensure the donkeys, so vital to women’s health and wellbeing in Afghanistan, are comfortable in order to promote the highest possible welfare.