Midwives for a hospital in South-Central Somalia

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International Medical Corps' emergency response to the 2011 drought in East Africa includes improving medical capacity. We are currently operating the maternity, pediatric, and emergency surgery wards at a hospital in South-Central Somalia. The maternity ward is experiencing severe patient overload and the existing staff members are stretched thin. With your support, we can hire additional midwives and security personnel, increasing the hospital's ability to provide safe deliveries for women.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Currently, the understaffed maternity ward handles 120 to 150 deliveries per month. Two additional midwives are critical to support this caseload, ensuring each mother gets the best care possible. The hospital also needs a female security guard so that female visitors are properly screened to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Security guards are necessary because this hospital is in a high-risk area of Somalia, but female staff arenat currently available in the evenings to assist guards.

How will this project solve this problem?

Hiring two additional midwives would address the staffing need to ensure high-quality service delivery in the maternity ward. In addition, hiring one female security guard for the night shift would increase the comfort of the patients and security of the hospital as a whole.

Potential Long Term Impact

Granting the means for a safe delivery is one of our key objectives, because giving birth with a trained midwife reduces the chances of maternal mortality by 70%. In this hospital, International Medical Corps provides on-the-job training, drugs, medical supplies and more. We also work to ensure the hospital is staffed well so they can give the best care possible. Not only will you provide jobs for two midwives, you will also give countless mothers and their children a safe, healthy birth.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

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A severe drought in East Africa has inflicted wide scale crop failures and food insecurity throughout communities already struggling to survive, affecting more than 10 million people. Thousands of refugees, the majority from Somalia, are fleeing into neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia - at some camps a reported 40 percent of new arrivals are acutely malnourished. Your support can help us bring lifesaving relief and supplies to those suffering from the worst drought in decades. project reportread updates from the field

Project Leader

Chessa Latifi

Resource Development Officer
Santa Monica, CA United States

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