To help make safe delivery a reality for the women of Tanzania, with our local partners we continue to educate health care providers on how to use misoprostol tablets to manage excessive bleeding after childbirth, or postpartum hemorrhage. By training those who attend deliveries, we are helping to ensure that mothers have the chance to survive childbirth, an often frightening experience for lack of medical care and technology.
For instance, we recently provided misoprostol tablets to a local association of nurse-midwives. This particular group is comprised of nurse-midwives who have retired from government service, returned to their home villages, and opened small private practices where public services are often unavailable. They are filling a critical need for skilled attendance at birth in the most remote areas of Tanzania. These nurse-midwives are eager to use misoprostol to protect the mothers they serve in their clinics.
The nurse-midwife who heads the association exclaimed, “You can never know how people shouted with happiness when they heard the news. Surely believe that you have made access easy to [our] clinics, but most of all you are going to save many lives that are helpless and needy.”
We are grateful for the support of donors who share our commitment to preventing mothers from dying in childbirth.
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