Imagine giving birth in a mud hut or hay strewn floor. The only assistance you might have is your family and if you’re lucky and can afford it, an untrained traditional birth attendant acting as midwife with dirty scissors. The nearest medical facility with qualified staff is miles away or simply doesn’t exist.
That’s the reality for millions of women in developing countries.
Every day, 1,000 women die during pregnancy and 8,000 newborn babies die during their first month of life
Doctors Worldwide has been working hard in Pakistan, a country ranked 3rd highest in the world where newborns die on their first day of life every year where we aimed to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality. We started in May 2011, with Phase 1 of our Maternal & Child HealthCare Program, which was outreach based and community focussed. The program delivered training and education to Traditional Birth Attendants and provided maternal health education, clean birthing kits and micronutrients to women of a reproductive age who needed them to help reduce the risks of mothers and new born dying during or soon after birth.
In Phase 2, we focussed on providing facility based care. Our DWW RHC Junejo Maternity Centre opened in February 2014 in rural Sind Province, Pakistan.
Serving a catchment area of 526 villages and an approximate population of 30,000 in Qambar Shahdadkot District of Sind Province, the centre will provide a vital lifeline (providing MNCH & ultrasound services) to expecting mothers, newborns and children in this desperately poor area, which borders Balochistan Province.
The centre has a team of 19 staff including women doctors and a paediatrician.
On the 30th June 2018, Doctors Worldwide carried out its pre-deployment training for the 11 medical volunteers who will be going out to Bangladesh over the next 12 weeks. The medics will be teaching the Doctors Worldwide Postgraduate Fellowship on Refugee & Migrant Health to over 65 Bangladeshi doctors that work in the Rohingya camps and representing 25+ organisations and
On Saturday 23rd June 2018, Doctors Worldwide were invited to the RCGP JIC Symposium where we held a simulation workshop for GPs on responding and co-ordinating a medical response to a humanitarian crisis. Great interaction from the audience after a long day with some very interesting discussions taking place. Thank you to RCGP JIC for inviting us and thank you
On Friday 22nd June 2018, Doctors Worldwide was at Imperial College School of Medicine in London to talk to students about our global health work in practice and in a humanitarian crisis. Thank you to Professor Alan Fenwick for inviting us to speak to your students on the Global Health course! If you would like to invite Doctors Worldwide to