Thirteen South Sudanese health workers have returned home with the training to save the lives of women and children in their community.
South Sudan has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world, so IMA World Health joined forces with the local Ministry of Health to address significant health-care issues in the country. The Emergency Obstetrical Care (EmOC) program was formed to give health care trainees the education to help pregnant women and their newborns before, after and during labor.
Roughly 90% of women deliver unassisted without trained personnel. As you can imagine, the slightest complication can prove fatal. Thus, the program was born and the Safe Motherhood Kit™ is an important complement to the work being done.
Recognizing the urgency of the medical crisis in South Sudan, IMA World Health and the Great Lakes University of Kisumu in Kenya obtained funding from the US Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to train South Sudanese clinical officers in an intensive course on emergency obstetric care.
The nine-month course taught the critical knowledge and skills necessary for safe vaginal delivery, management of post-partum hemorrhage, treatment of toxemia and other critical interventions for saving lives and welcoming new life into the world.
“(Women) need mosquito nets and Safe Motherhood Kits™ to protect them and their babies. If they have the kit, there will be clean, sterile materials, which will prevent disease and infection,” said Ojuok Puok Duel, EmOC graduate.
While the students studied, five centers (where the graduates will work) were renovated and equipped with ultrasound machines, solar lighting, supplies, and more than 5000 Safe Motherhood Kits™ .
After spending nearly a year away from their community the students were ready to return home and start using their new skills.
“IMA should be proud. Just wait and see what happens! We are very motivated to go back and help our communities,” said Gatwech Kun Chol, EmOC graduate.
After a devastating earthquake hit Port au Prince in 2010 IMA World Health made a long-term commitment to help the people of Haiti as they rebuild their country.
IMA was positioned to do this because of an existing network of partners and volunteers developed after opening its first office in Haiti in 2008.
Through this network IMA has sent a steady supply of medicines and supplies to support hospitals and clinics across the country.
In April, IMA delivered a shipment worth more than $775,000 to Haiti – ready to be distributed. It contained 3675 Safe Motherhood Kits ™ provide by individual donors from Global Giving and imaworldhealth.org. Also included in the shipment were 100 IMA Medicine Boxes purchased by the United Methodist Committee on Relief, 6,000 Health Kits donated by Church World Service, and other medicine essential to further local programs.
The shipment will be divided among the following hospitals:
Hospital Justinien, Hospital Albert Schweitzer, Hospital Grande Riv du Nord, Hospital Ste. Croix, Hospital Bienfaisance de Pignon, Hospital St. Nicolas, Hospital Armee du Salute, Hospital St. Michel de Jacmel, Hospital HIC- Sud Dept and Hospital HIC-Nord Ouest Dept.
According to the World Health Organization, for every woman who dies in childbirth, 20 more suffer injury, infection or disease. Recently, IMA World Health continued its commitment to providing clean and sterile birthing supplies to expectant mothers in areas where infant and maternal mortality rates are among the highest in the world.
Nearly 600 Safe Motherhood Kits™ were distributed to three hospitals in Haiti recently, with 175 kits going to Armee du Salut hospital, 280 kits going to Sainte Croix Hospital and 140 being delivered to Saint Nicolas Hospital.
The faith-based organization believes that every woman and child deserves a safe and healthy birth. Each Safe Motherhood Kit™ contains essential clean and sterile supplies including gloves, umbilical tie, scalpel, gauze pads, plastic sheeting, bar of soap, washcloth and baby supplies (a hat, tunic and blanket). IMA also provides education on safe birthing procedures and training on the proper use of a Safe Motherhood Kit™ to ensure the safest birth possible.
One $25 donation provides an entire Safe Motherhood Kit™ to an expectant mother, from the materials and packaging to shipping, delivery and training. Think of it—a $25 donation may be a matter of life and death for a mother and her baby.
A container bound for Haiti is expected to arrive in port this weekend carrying contents sent by IMA World Health. The more than 500 cartons of life-saving medical kits and supplies are valued at more than $600,000. Among them are 3500 Safe Motherhood Kits™ , many of them have been provided with support from donors like you.
For every woman who dies in childbirth, 20 more suffer injury, infection or disease. These kits are designed to put an end to that by providing sterile birthing supplies, including gloves, umbilical tie, scalpel, baby supplies and more.
This shipment will be divided among the following hospitals:
Cheri Mauldin, director of Missions of Grace and mother of 10, recently traveled to Las Salinas, Nicaragua. The missionary hand-carried Safe Motherhood Kits ™ to an 89-year-old midwife, who has the distinction of delivering more babies than any other midwife in the entire region. Although she continues to pass along her institutional knowledge to the younger women, locals still seek her out to deliver their children.
With her husband and 10 children, Mauldin spent nine of her 16 years as a missionary in the medical field in Nicaragua. She trained midwives through local government health posts, helped to deliver babies and even delivered four babies by herself. Even more unbelievable, Mauldin has witnessed villagers use razor blades to cut the umbilical cord.
The Safe Motherhood Kit ™ is designed to be used in unsanitary conditions such as these; giving expectant mothers a chance to fight infection and ensure the safest birth possible.
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