There is no healthcare in the rural villages of Darfur, Sudan. Mothers give birth with help only from the Traditional Birth Attenders who are not trained, and have no equipment. Kids for Kids has trained two midwives in 100 villages, who have saved the lives of countless mothers and babies by ensuring safe practices during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. This project aims to raise funds to train 10 new midwives for additional villages. Please will you help us save lives?
Mortality amongst women and babies in villages in Darfur is the highest in the world. There is no healthcare 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. Female genital mutilation is a common practice in Darfur, and obstruction often prevents natural birth.
This project will raise enough to provide 14 month training in basic hygiene, ante and post-natal care, infant care, immunization, nutrition, and anti-FGM for 10 village midwives. All our midwives receive a midwifery kit, a strong cross-bred donkey for reaching mothers quickly in an emergency, a Solar Lantern for night deliveries, a pair of leather sandals to protect their feet from the burning sand, and a mobile phone (in recent years the cell network in Sudan has improved!)
Long-term impact of training midwives includes reduction in the deaths of mothers in childbirth through modern birth techniques, early referral of problem cases, and better spacing of births. Infants and young children will be healthier, better nourished and immunized against killer diseases. In an emergency, women will be quickly transported to hospital in the capital. Midwives teach mothers about childcare, ensuring children are given the best change of survival.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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