Team: Klaassen / McIlmoyl
Improving Maternal and Community Health in Africa
In Bunda District, Tanzania only 31% of women have a skilled birth attendant present during delivery (well below the Tanzanian national average). The Bunda Health Department estimates the maternal mortality rate is 132 deaths per 100,000 births; however, the true maternal mortality rate is believed to be drastically higher than reported as the statistics do not include the nearly 70% of women who deliver their babies at home.
The five most common causes of maternal death include: haemorrhaging, obstructed labour, spontaneous abortion, infection and eclampsia. Each of these can be remedied if detected in time, but can be fatal if Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and Community Health Workers (CHWs) lack proper training and experience to identify danger signs and to ensure the pregnant woman immediately attend a health centre to get appropriate care.
Some of the ways your support will help to ensure access to maternal, neonatal, and child health care:
-Training for medical staff at 40 local health clinics.
-Training for 224 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to increase their skills in maternal and newborn care.
-Increase deliveries in clinics and pre and post natal visits, the development of birth and nutrition plans.
-The distribution of 200 birth kits to ensure safe home births (birth mats, gloves, gauze, razor blades, string, soap/antiseptic solution) in cases where delivery at the health clinic is not an option.
-Bikes for community health workers and TBAs enabling health professionals and TBAs to deliver neonatal and maternal care to 43,000 households.