Safer Motherhood & Child Survival
Across our international programme 34,634 mothers received pre and post-natal care thanks to our programme of action.
- 2,051 mothers received maternity care at the Selian Lutheran Hospital Maternity Unit and 7 midwives received a 3 day refresher course, ensuring their knowledge and skills were up to date and increasing their confidence.
- In Pakistan 4,118 women received care before, during and after pregnancy. 174 babies were safely delivered at the clinics and 58 home deliveries were assisted by trained Female Health Volunteers at homes. 97% of all registered deliveries were attended by a trained birth attendant.
- In Nepal 7,017 pregnant women attended antenatal classes and 2,534 women attended postnatal sessions with their babies. 100% of registered pregnant women who delivered this year were assisted by a trained health professional during labour.
- In Cambodia 48 community volunteers have undergone specialist training on safer motherhood to implement IMPACT’s 1,000 Day Project in their local community and 15 Mothers’ Clubs have been established with 135 members attending health education sessions every other month.
In Africa and Asia, complications relating to pregnancy and birth are the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age. Medical care before, during and after birth saves lives. Our generous supporters have enabled us to double the number of mothers receiving ante and post natal care across IMPACT projects this year.
On average 800 women die each day from preventable maternal causes. For every woman who dies, 20 more will suffer injury, infection or disease. Globally, child mortality is decreasing; however newborn deaths make up a growing proportion of under-five deaths.
One of the best ways to keep mothers and infants safe is regular health monitoring and trained assistance during delivery. Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) are local women who deliver most of the babies in developing countries. They usually have no formal training and some of their methods put lives at risk. IMPACT provides comprehensive instruction and sterile equipment kits to TBAs to enable them to carry out their work more safely in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan.
Healthcare for women can be a low priority, especially when a family has little spare money. Through our projects, we are creating understanding that a mother’s health is essential to the wellbeing of the entire household. We also provide ante and post natal care through mobile clinics in Kenya and Zanzibar and static clinics in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. Monitoring is crucial to identifying and managing potentially life-threating problems such as pre-eclampsia.
Women who give birth alone, without professional help or miles from the nearest health facility are at greater risk of developing a fistula (a tear in the birth canal). Sadly, during the obstructed labours which cause fistula the baby often dies. We support a dedicated fistula unit in Arusha, Tanzania, where impoverished women come for surgical repair. IMPACT Bangladesh also provides fistula operations.
IMPACT Mothers’ Clubs in Bangladesh and India are forums for women to meet each month and learn about health and nutrition. They have thousands of members who are taking proactive steps to enhance the wellbeing of their families.
£100 trains and equips another Traditional Birth Attendant
The Individual IMPACT
Bihusi has been pregnant four times but has no children. Following three miscarriages, in 1976 Bihusi finally gave birth after two days in labour. Her relatives had to take her 25 miles to the nearest hospital. Tragically, her child did not survive beyond three months.
The complicated labour also left Bihusi with a fistula (tear in the birth canal) which caused her pain, incontinence and embarrassment. Unable to afford help, she lived with this problem for almost 30 years until she heard of the Fistula Clinic IMPACT supports in Arusha, Tanzania. Following treatment, Bihusi is happy and healthy once again.