Women delivering in safe environments.
Women and girls often have very low status in developing countries and empowerment and education are central to enabling them to make their own decisions and allowing them to access maternal health and family planning services. The risk of dying increases with the number of pregnancies a woman has in her lifetime. Risk is particularly high for those with four or more children.
The community women live in can also have a major impact on whether they reach the level of maternal health services they need. Many women in the rural areas may also live several hours away from the nearest health centre and transport may be limited or costly. There may be few roads or other barriers such as mountain ranges and rivers, making it very difficult to reach care.
What we do now and can improve upon to ensure we can provide the services needed:
At KCIU we recognise that the underlying and contributory causes of deaths in pregnancy and childbirth are complex and interlinked.
What we can be supported to do:
Our greatest challenge for maternal health is bridging the gap between our services and the satisfied clients that use Karin Clinics and the women who either don’t attend any maternal healthcare provider or know of or rely on unqualified providers with incomplete or low quality services.
Financial support for a program of maternal health mobilisation would allow meetings to be held with self-employed midwives, local Traditional Birth attendants in the community, and the other people to whom women and young mothers turn for advice.
Funds to link women to PMTCT services as part of any maternal health check.
Developing mechanisms to support high risk mothers.
Maternity Infrastructure to accommodate the growing population and services.
An ambulance would safeguard the mothers during transportation in the environment of bad road network.
Mothers as Ultimate Game Changers – A touching story
It’s noon, the sun is high and the air is stifling. The heavily pregnant woman has just walked four kilometers under the hot sun to gets to the clinic. She immediately sits under the verandah because she is very tired. Read more…
TBAs- and the challenges that mothers go through with them.
Santo Lakot, 19, from a nearby village in Unyama , arrived in the morning with her newborn baby. She delivered her baby in the night. She could not make it to the health centre in the middle of the night because there was no means of transport. This is her first child. Read more…
The better option – a mother learns about protecting women and newborns from tetanus
Juliet Apio, 48, knows all too well the choices for women delivering a baby; she’s made them all. In her community in Laliya village, surrounded by her husband and three children, she recounts personal decisions that reflect a progressive improvement in practices to keep women and newborns safe in childbirth and the critical first few weeks after birth. Read more…
Meet Richard Odokonyero, of Village Health Team at Karin Medical Centre, Gulu
Odonkonyero Richard lives in Pongdwongo, Gulu District, in Uganda. Odokonyero was selected to become a Village Team member seven years ago, when the local council announced that they were looking for committed members to get training as Village Health Team members… Read more…