Archive for the Maternal and Child Health Work Category

Improving Services for Obstetric Emergencies

Improving Services for Obstetric Emergencies

Lindsey Pollaczek Medical Research Center, Tonkolili and Bo Districts, April 19-20 About 15 percent of all deliveries will be complicated and will require emergency obstetric care. Many complicated cases can be managed at a lower level facility if the skilled birth attendant is trained in the management of basic emergency cases and has the tools they need to do their […]

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A Hope for Safe Delivery

Hope for Safe Delivery Nurse

For the last two and a half years Direct Relief has been supporting Maridi County Hospital through its partnership with AMREF in Southern Sudan.  Maridi County has an estimated population of at least 500,000, but in reality no one knows the true population size as people are still returning from the refugee camps in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of […]

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Maternal Health at the End of the Road

Maternal Health at the End of the Road

By Lindsey Pollaczek For two hours we bump down a dusty red dirt road heading out of Soroti town toward the village of Kagwara, situated at the shore of Lake Kyoga, the second largest lake in Uganda. We are joined by members of AMREF Uganda and Terrewode, two organizations working in the Teso Region to improve outcomes for women during […]

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Fistula Treatment Gives Women in Tanzania A Reason to Smile

Nkwimba

Today I met Celestina, Nkwimba, Speciosa, and many other incredibly brave women who have found their way to the fistula ward at Bugando Medical Centre in Tanzania.  Their stories are different but revolve around the same theme: prolonged and obstructed labor, often in a village in absence of a trained birth attendant. When no baby is delivered after many long […]

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Babies Don’t Stop for Hurricanes

Babies Don't Stop for Hurricanes Mother with Baby

  On Haiti’s northern coast there has been a spike in premature births—a trend you wouldn’t immediately attribute to the storms that struck six months earlier. Those disasters are long forgotten by everyone except those still struggling with their lasting effects.   Haiti’s northern departments are the country’s poorest and most vulnerable, where about 75 percent of people live on […]

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Abbott Backs Program to Address Critical Maternal and Child Health Concerns

Afghan Institute of Learning

Pregnancy is a life-threatening condition in Afghanistan. One in nine Afghan women dies during or shortly after pregnancy, giving Afghanistan one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world (UNICEF, 2007). Women and children in Afghanistan face risks to their lives and health that are among the most severe on the planet. Responding to this humanitarian health crisis, the Abbott […]

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