Stop South Sudanese Moms from Dying in Childbirth

Sep 23, 2010

September report

Onura local Maternity unit Sudan
Onura local Maternity unit Sudan

There are new concerns for the 11 pregnant women now living in Omilling rural area Sudan. 6 of these are expected to give birth this month without childbirth delivery facilities.

Women here are giving birth under the absolute worst condition, says the local doctor, volunteering at the village healthcare post. They can’t find access to midwives. Little problems become big problems.

A woman, 27, is nine months into her pregnancy. She lost her last baby, a son, in childbirth two years ago due to lack of the delivery facilities. This time, she will have only the help of her family if complications arise…” She has no access to medical doctor to monitor her pregnancy on monthly basis.

-- Ayaa lay on her back in the dusty turkul maternity post, crying out in pain and clenching her older sister's hand. She was about to give birth to triplets. Two days earlier, the mad walls of turkul maternity post had collapsed around her. Now, there was no place to deliver her babies -- only the house made from grass and bed linens where she and her family were sleeping. ``Please, God,'' she prayed. ``Let my babies live.''

Ayaa is among the hundreds of Sudanese women who have gone into labor without delivery facilities. Many, like Ayaa, are giving birth in the turkul maternity post without medicines, and delivery tools. The women have almost no privacy, and doctors and midwives are scarce. Extreme poverty is everywhere in Omilling rural community Sudan.

The local women in Omilling rural areas really need childbirth delivery bed to spare the life of mothers and their babies. But they cannot get this without your support. Hope Ofiriha is campaigning really hard to get the funding so that these facilities are delivered to the community.

With $100 donated by our GlobalGiving donors, Hope Ofiriha purchased 10 set-kits and given this to the health post which were used to help mothers under childbirth.

We are expecting our GlobalGiving donors to partner with us until the goal of this project is fully achieve. In every three months we will be posting progress report to keep you inform of the progress we are making to improve women’s conditions in rural communities of Omilling Sudan.

Thanks for ongoing support!


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Project Leader

William Logai Ochieng

Oslo, Oslo Norway

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Map of Stop South Sudanese Moms from Dying in Childbirth