Safe Motherhood in Tanzania
70% of women in rural Tanzania give birth at home without skilled care or sterile birth supplies causing unnecessarily high rates of death among mothers and babies. Women in the Bunda District, located in Mara Region of northwest Tanzania, face significant challenges in their right to access safe deliveries and care for their babies.
The district ranks among the lowest in mainland Tanzania in terms of the number of pregnant women accessing skilled attendance during delivery; 31% compared with the 50% national average.
The Bunda Health Department estimates the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) to be 132 deaths per 100,000 births. In Canada for example the MMR is about 6. However, the Bunda fgure does not capture the deaths that occur from the high number of home deliveries. The true MMR for Bunda District is believed to be drastically higher than reported.
The Safe Motherhood project aims to increase the number of safe deliveries and reduce the mortality rates in Bunda District by:
$2000: Bring the Safe Motherhood program to an entire village, 500 households
$325: Train and equip a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) who will reach 200 households
In rural Africa, the safest birth is attended and takes place in a qualified health facility. Your campaign will help us increase the number of births in safe settings by building an umbrella of pre and post natal care for mothers and their new babies.
Peter & Lucienne Weeks
Dr Marc Blayney Med Prof Corporation