In Kenya and other African countries many infants and mothers die during childbirth. It is our goal to improve the infant mortality as well as maternal mortality by providing the best possible obstetrical care.
GHP supports full time obstetrical services delivered by the Kenya nurses. We have supported special obstetrical training for our Kenya nurses. We strongly believe a skilled birth attendant can improve the outcomes for mothers and infants.
Traditional birth attendants (TBAs), often with little or no training, attend many of the births in the remote villages. GHP has met with the TBAs and developed a plan to increase the number of skilled birth attendant deliveries. The TBAs are paid a small amount (approximately $2.50) to bring their pregnant clients to the health center when they are in labor. We have already increased the percentage of women who come to the Kisesini Health Center for attended deliveries.
Now that our maternity center is nearly finished we hope to be able to support the skilled attendance of every childbirth within our catchment area.
Update 2014! The maternity center is nearly complete! Flowers have been planted and the sign post assembled. Soon it will be open for business. Congratulations!
Here it is – the new maternity center, open for business! And what better way to open the center than the delivery of healthy, beautiful twin girls! Welcome Mwikali and Mwende.
Mother, Winifred Kanini, is showing her thanks as her mother-in-law, Mercy, holds one baby and her TBA (Traditional Birth Attendant) holds the other baby. Winifred and father, Albous Mutunga, also have a son at home.
Global Health Partnerships Has Dramatically Improved Maternal and Infant Survival
When GHP first began working in Kisesini, Kenya in 2006, very few children were born with professional medical assistance. Infant and maternal deaths were common. Mothers were often assisted at home by a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) who has no medical training.
In 2010 GHP initiated a program asking TBAs to bring their patients to the Kisesini Clinic for professional medical assistance in childbirth. The TBAs are given $2.50 to cover their expenses bringing a pregnant mother to the clinic. Since then the percentage of births receiving medical assistance has skyrocketed. Lives, of mothers and infants, have been saved. In 2014 the Maternity Center in Kisesini was completed, providing a private, comfortable, safe place for deliveries.
This hard working TBA has accompanied many pregnant women to the Kisesini Clinic for childbirth.
GHP’s TBA assistance program has been so successful the Kenyan Ministry of Health has requested we spread this idea to adjacent medical facilities. We can triple the number of mothers and infants who can deliver their babies in a safer medical environment.
Please help GHP save more lives of mothers and infants. For only $25 you can support 10 TBAs in bringing their pregnant mothers to medical assistance during childbirth. 100% of your donation will go toward direct medical care for the poor.