The AGORA Association is seeking funds to establish a Maternity Waiting Home in Saint-Louis Senegal. The Maternity Waiting Home will provide a temporary place of stay for at- risk pregnant women living in remote areas, in their final stages of pregnancy, to be able to access an equipped hospital for a safe and supervised delivery. The home will also be safe place for expectant mums to relax and escape from the responsibilities and burdens of rural life at their most critical point.
In Senegal, women living in rural areas have limited access to equipped hospitals and healthcare workers during pregnancy and childbirth. Women have to travel on average over 30 km to access doctors that can provide obstetric emergencies care. As a result, over 80% of women give birth at home. When these women are suffering complications during birth, even if the mother survives, and often her or her child will not, her likelihood of suffering resulting morbidity such as fistula are high.
To help pregnant women living in remote areas have a safe delivery, we are establishing a Maternity Waiting Home. The aim of the Maternity Waiting Home is to provide a safe place of stay for pregnant women living in remote areas to allow them to access equipped health services for obstetrical care, during the critical phase of pregnancy and delivery. This will ensure mothers can have a safe birth and a healthy child.
We will serve over 500 of mothers during the critical phase of childbirth each year Facilitate access to emergency care to hundreds of women in remote areas will teach the value of preventive care; reducing maternal and neonatal mortality. Shift in community awareness - women who benefit from the services of the Maternity Waiting Home will understand the importance of attending a health facility during birth. This project can serve as a successful flagship model that can be scalable