The baby in the picture is tiny and you would guess that she was a new born. She is not, she is 18 months old but malnutrition has stunted her growth. She will die without help. She and her mother survived childbirth only to face starvation. There is no health care in villages in Darfur. Our midwives save countless mothers and babies, and our goats give them essential nutrition. There is no malnutrition in the 81 Kids for Kids' villages. Please help us adopt more.
Mortality amongst women and babies in villages in Darfur is the highest in the world. There is no health care in villages and women have to rely on Traditional Birth Attenders who use 'rope delivery' when there is obstructed labour. They have had no training even in basic hygiene. With female genital mutilation widespread, obstruction often prevents natural birth. We train village midwives who have transformed not just the survival rate of women but teach ante natal and post natal care.
10 village midwives will be trained in basic hygiene, ante and post-natal care, infant care, immunisation and nutrition for 1 year. In recent years, the mobile network in the Sudan has improved. All of our midwives now receive a mobile telephone, a strong cross-bred donkey for reaching mothers quickly in an emergency, a Solar Lantern for night deliveries and a pair of leather sandals to protect their feet from the burning sand.
Deaths of mothers in childbirth reduced through modern birth techniques, early referral of problem cases and better spacing of births. Infants and young children will be healthier, better nourished and immunised against killer diseases. In an emergency, women will be quickly transported to hospital in the capital.