Posts By: Heidi Cortez

Why is the maternal mortality rate so high in sub-Saharan Africa?

February 2nd, 2024 | Posted By: Heidi Cortez | Posted in News, Vill-Angel Medical Clinic

In rural Kenya, a woman went into labor at home and began to have complications. She rode on the back of the motorcycle to the nearest hospital, two hours away. There, on the back of this motorcycle, she began to hemorrhage as the motorcycle traversed rough terrain. Sadly, both she and her newborn were pronounced dead before they arrived at the hospital. This situation is… Read More

The Toll of Newborn Deaths in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa

September 9th, 2023 | Posted By: Heidi Cortez | Posted in News, Vill-Angel Medical Clinic | Tagged , , , , ,

Neonatal mortality (NNM) (deaths per live births within the first 28 days of life) remains a severe problem worldwide. Despite advancements in improving infant and under-five mortality, neonatal mortality has not seen the same improvements. Thousands of babies under 28 days die every day from preventable causes. According to UNICEF, most of these deaths occur in rural sub-Saharan Africa.   It is estimated that 30 million babies will… Read More

Trafficked After Escaping Conflict- Burmese Girls in Thailand

June 27th, 2023 | Posted By: Heidi Cortez | Posted in GATE | Tagged , , ,

As violence in Myanmar continues, thousands flee to neighboring Thailand. The Burmese government continues to carry out airstrikes against civilians they deem terrorists or rebel groups, killing men, women, and children[1]. Left with no choice, refugees travel across the border to nearby Thailand, hoping for peace and a better life. Unfortunately, they are met with a different danger. Stateless people residing in Thailand’s Hill Tribe… Read More

Maternal Mortality in Rural Kenya- Challenges and Opportunities

April 8th, 2023 | Posted By: Heidi Cortez | Posted in Vill-Angel Medical Clinic | Tagged , ,

In 2020, a mother died every two minutes from preventable causes. Most of these deaths occur in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Kenya’s government is committed to meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3 to “ensure the health and well-being of all.” The government remains particularly committed to reducing maternal mortality, which has lagged in the country despite other areas of health progress. In Kenya, more… Read More

Trafficking- Prevention is Power

March 24th, 2023 | Posted By: Heidi Cortez | Posted in GATE | Tagged , ,

For girls at risk of trafficking: prevention is the best policy. Tigger warning: talks of abuse  Places like Pattaya, Thailand, look like idyllic vacation hotspots on the surface. Restaurants, karaoke bars, and massage parlors line the beach-front city. However, it doesn’t take much to see the pervasiveness of the sex industry. In towns like this, child prostitution is not rare, and up to 33% of… Read More

Angel Covers Hires New Executive Director

February 24th, 2023 | Posted By: Heidi Cortez | Posted in News

Denver, CO 21 February 2023: Angel Covers, a global development nonprofit based in Denver, announced Heidi Cortez has accepted the position of Executive Director, effective February 1, 2023. Cortez takes over for longstanding Executive Director and co-founder, Kari Fillmore, who has led the development and growth of the organization since its inception in 2002. In her new role, Cortez will be responsible for day-to-day operations,… Read More