Stop South Sudanese Moms from Dying in Childbirth

by Hope Ofiriha
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.



About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Hope Ofiriha

Location: Oslo, Norway - Norway
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
William Logai Ochieng
Oslo, Oslo Norway
$43,378 raised of $52,000 goal
1,445 donations
$8,622 to go
Donate Now Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money for this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page for this project.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.