We excited to update you, our generous investors, on our efforts to provide life-saving maternal care through our Maternal Health Fund at the Wellness Clinic in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Because of your generosity and continued support, the Clinic is able to be a shining light of hope in this community.
According to our medical partners, the clinic continues to be even busier than ever! In April alone, the team at the Wellness Clinic reached a new record of 135 deliveries (36 cesarean and 99 vaginal deliveries) in one month!
If you look at the full quarter (February, April and March), 110 cesarean deliveries were performed. Out of these cesarean deliveries, nine women and their families were unable to pay any amount for their care and 101 were able to make a partial payment. As we have shared prior, the inability to pay can mean that health care is denied or that the mothers are held at the hospital until payment is made. The Maternal Health Fund, in which you invest, provides a way for these sisters to return home with their newborn babies and be reunited with their families. It is such a gift for them! Thank you for making this happen!
The clinic performed 214 vaginal deliveries as well. Delivering babies at the Clinic ensures the women, our sisters, are giving birth in the care of skilled attendants and/or doctors, which lowers the chance for fistula and stillbirth. Lastly, there were 544 prenatal visits during this quarter. Prenatal visits, which are critical for the safety of the mother and baby, would not be an option without the Clinic. In developed countries, prenatal care is expected and maybe even taken for granted by some. In the DRC, this is another priceless gift for these moms, their babies, and families.
Our main contact with the clinic, Dr. Myron, was unable to travel to Goma, DRC, in April due to COVID-19. Future travel will be planned as soon as he is able. It is an honor to partner with Dr. Myron, Chantal, and the full team at the Wellness Clinic. Thank you for enabling us to provide these avenues of health for our sisters in the DRC.
Even though COVID-19 reached the DRC with 3,195 cases and 72 deaths, women are still giving birth to babies, so the Maternal Health Fund is being fully utilized during this season.
Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this project or HFOS' work in general. We also invite you to share our project page with your family and friends! The more awareness we can spread about the great need for cesarean deliveries and maternal care in Goma, the more lives we can touch and change together.
Goma Wellness Clinic Staff