Mercy In Action went into the disaster zone in the Philippines in November to provide emergency care to the pregnant women and infants who survived the destruction, and were left without any maternity services, At this time, the hospitals and birthing centers are beginning to be rebuilt. Rather than disaster relief, Mercy In Action is now providing support to the local midwives to rebuild their own clinics and birthing centers. Funds are going toward building materials and sending carpenters.
This project has the potential to save lives on a massive scale in the years to come. The community is facing the challenge of no where for the pregnant women to give birth safely amidst the disaster ruins in the Taclban/Tanauan area of the Philippines. Doctors without Borders will be pulling out of this town destroyed by the typhoon in April 2014. We need to help the local health care sector rebuild as the next step in the recovery.
As we help the local midwives to rebuild, they will again be able to give good prenatal care to pregnant women, prevent premature labor, and deliver the women having babies in a safe, clean place, and give needed emergency drugs and vitamins to the pregnant women and the newborn babies.
Potential is for massive saving of lives in an area now at high risk for maternal deaths and newborn deaths. We expect to see higher rates of survival of the babies being born premature by giving good care, we expect to see lower rates of infection, hemorrhage and other birth complications that would be expected in this kind of a disaster zone. This will be accomplished by getting the local midwives and other health care workers back to work post-disaster, so they can provide good care again.
Birth Tent in Disaster Zone