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.
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