Kikavu is a rural community in Northern Tanzania with a population of around 5,500 people and a catchment area of 10,000 people. Access to the nearest hospital is difficult and often involves walking or riding on the back of a bicycle for 15km, as a result of this restriction many pregnant women are at risk. Currently, maternal and infancy deaths are high as the village is so remote, so any complications in pregnancy or labour can very quickly become critical.
With the building of a Mother & Child unit, we will be able to provide antenatal support and through education programs, training, effective treatment and also having a dedicated delivery room the level of maternal and infant death will be reduced hugely.
This project has the opportunity to benefit all of Kikavu and the surrounding communities by offering an accessible unit with excellent healthcare. It is common to have large families so the impact will be huge. By providing important training and necessary knowledge, mothers can pass this on to their peers, neighbours and families as well as their children and grandchildren - reducing the risk of mortality and complications in pregnancy, labour and a childs health significantly.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).