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This Christmas, the UK Government will match every pound residents raise for Christian Aid's Christmas Appeal, meaning even more lives can be saved in childbirth across Kenya and Malawi.

Christmas is the celebration of  the birth of a child who would change the course of history. But not every child who is born in a stable survives. For women in Kenya, having a baby can be perilous.  They are 40 times more likely to die during childbirth than mothers in the UK.  When hospitals are far away, and transport is too expensive, or non-existent, women are often forced to give birth in dirty and dangerous conditions. Around 40,000 newborn babies die in Kenya each year. Most of those deaths could be prevented with basic health education and facilities.

In rural Narok County, south-west Kenya, Christian Aid's partner organisations TRDP and ADSMKE train community health workers and traditional birth attendants to support expectant mothers, bringing new life safely into the world.  They have provided three village motorbikes and ambulances to get women safely to hospital and built three maternity wings at rural hospitals, equipping them with everything from delivery beds to incubators.

This Christmas, help us deliver hope by giving more than 68,000 women access to improved health services, providing life-saving immunisations to 130,000 children under five, and training more than 1,000 community health workers.  We will also work with local
authorities to enable them to provide crucial maternal and child healthcare long term.

Just £5 could provide a day's training for a community health worker, £13 could buy clean sheets for two beds where new mothers give birth, and £35 would pay for a mother-to-mother support group session for 50 women.

Between 7 November 2014 and 6 February 2015, the UK
Government will double the difference each pound donated makes, up to the value of £5 million, as part of UK Aid Match.

To support Christian Aid's Christmas Appeal in your area, you can organise a fundraising event, or donate online at www.christianaid.org.uk/christmas.

Churches can download Christmas Appeal resources at
www.christianaid.org.uk/christmas,
or contact the Warrington Christian Aid office on 01925 573 769

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