Stop South Sudanese Moms from Dying in Childbirth

by Hope Ofiriha
Vetted
Nov 10, 2011

Why women still die to give birth.

Anne Martins is a village midwife in Onura
Anne Martins is a village midwife in Onura

Giving birth can be fatal for women in Onura.

Ms. Anne Martins only village midwife is granted a scholarship to study in Uganda. Ms. Anne says; thanks America! Thanks the World! Thanks to GlobalGiving! Your Gifts will stop moms and their children from dying in childbirth.

Local campaigners argue that these deaths are both preventable and have repercussions that go far beyond woman’s immediate family and the community.

We know exactly what needs to be done to save women’s lives, said Dr. Robert Lokong, head of Onura Maternal Survival Project.

The leading killers during childbirth include massive blood loss, high blood pressure, an untreated infection and obstructed labour – where the woman’s body is still too small for the baby to pass through the birth canal. But the most important reason has been lack of delivery facilities.

But the reasons why these issues have not been tackled are political, rather than medical. The first and most important reason is a social issue: the low status of women. Leaders do not see the lives and health of women as a political priority, they invest in others sectors.

Onura women most at risk, most marginalized, vulnerable, and living in harsh conditions with underdeveloped health systems in post conflict situations.

Three hundred in 300 women lack access to a trained midwife in Onura. The three basic interventions are: family planning to begin with, a qualified birth attendant present at the birth supported by delivery facilities, and access to obstetric care if there are complications during birth, Dr. Robert said.

Hope Ofiriha will supply Onura Maternal survival health post with the childbirth delivery facilities.The project will also fund mid-wife college education.

In the next 3 months new updates will be posted, and we also will report on how your contributions are impacting the lives of women and their new babies at Onura.

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Hope Ofiriha

Location: Oslo, Norway - Norway
Website: http:/​/​www.ofiriha.org
Project Leader:
William Logai Ochieng
Oslo, Oslo Norway
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