Above: Maternal Health Worker Malineo Sethobane works in the village of Lipeneng, Lesotho.
Thank you so much for your support of the Maternal Mortality Reduction Project at Partners In Health/Lesotho. We are excited to share the following story with you, which was published in our recent Partners In Health newsletter. Thanks to your generosity, PIH/Lesotho can make pregnancy safe for more mothers and more babies in Lesotho.
Lesotho is among the most dangerous countries for pregnant women.
From conception to delivery, daunting terrain, sparse medical facilities, and cultural barriers make it difficult to access proper health care.
In this mountainous nation, for every 100,000 live births, more than 1,000 women die from pregnancy-related complications. That gives Lesotho one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world. Malineo Sethobane is helping change this.
The 50-year-old mother of five began working for Partners In Health/Lesotho in 2010 as a maternal health worker (MHW) in the village of Lipeneng. In the few years Sethobane has been working as an MHW, she’s accompanied several mothers from the village to the health center and made hundreds of home visits.
She says she’s learned that commitment to the individual patient is vital, and that simple steps can improve the health of an entire family.
Sethobane commonly accompanies patients through their entire pregnancies to make sure they get prenatal care and deliver their children in a safe environment, with trained medical staff at the ready.
The results are encouraging: At the clinic in Bobete, the number of facility-based deliveries has increased 370 percent since 2009.
“We are not going to accept any maternal deaths,” said Dr. Hind Satti, PIH country director for Lesotho. “It takes commitment and teamwork to make this happen.”
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