Supporting Safe Deliveries for Expectant Mothers

by Karin Community Initiatives Uganda
Supporting Safe Deliveries for Expectant Mothers
Supporting Safe Deliveries for Expectant Mothers
Supporting Safe Deliveries for Expectant Mothers
Supporting Safe Deliveries for Expectant Mothers
Supporting Safe Deliveries for Expectant Mothers
Supporting Safe Deliveries for Expectant Mothers
Supporting Safe Deliveries for Expectant Mothers
Supporting Safe Deliveries for Expectant Mothers

We would like to say thank you for your donations and keeping up with your support to the project of Supporting Safe Deliveries to Expectant Mothers. The project activities incuded providing materials necesary for a maternity health unit.  

We can assure you that you will be able to continue to donate to the same cause with one of our other current projects, please look out for this project "Providing Maternal Healthcare to 60 Mothers". You can also find us on our

website - www.karincommunity.org

facebook page -  https://www.facebook.com/KCIUganda

twitter page - https://twitter.com/KCIU_Uganda

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Midwife
Midwife

Imagine having a medical emergency at night and delivering a baby without light! 

In Uganda, each year an estimated 6,000 women and 35,000 infants die from childbirth related complications. Access to skilled health care and appropriate technologies can save many lives. But in many countries, the difference between life and death is dependent upon reliable light and electricity. Without that, health workers cannot provide life-saving care. Midwives struggle to deliver babies by candlelight, life-saving procedures are attempted by flashlight, and patients suffer delays in care or are turned away from health centers unable to function in darkness. 

This is a challenge we face at the new Karin Medical Centre, maternity unit!

Many of the mothers walk long distances especially in the night, just to access a health centre. When the maternity centre was opened, the community was very happy that the expectant women no longer had to suffer any more. We received several appreciations.  

But after sending away the umpteenth expectant mother because and we could not carry out deliveries in the night, due to no power. We realized that the maternity centre was not fulfilling its promise to the community, and we had not fufilled thier expectations. 

Sarah, the midwife could not contain her disappointment when she had to refer the mothers to the nearest hospital because she knew that when it became dark she would not be able to deliver the baby safely. “Better safe than sorry,” she lamented regretfully.

“Without lighting, health facilities cannot run equipment such as vaccine refrigerators or use many of the most basic, life-saving medical devices. We cannot pump or heat water. We cannot even put on the lights,” she added.

With a small fund, we purchased a simple solar system, that provides a sustainable source of lighting, allowing the health workers to provide life-saving interventions 24 hours a day. 

Lack of electricity is a significant challenge for health care workers in Uganda, with 55% of facilities having no access to light in the evening.

This missing light has direct implications for the health of women and children in the surrounding communities:

         •Health workers often choose to go home when it gets dark because it’s so difficult to work without light; pregnant women who go to health centres at night only to find them empty choose not to return and instead give birth at home where minor complications can be deadly.

         •When health workers do stay to provide services in the dark, they are unable to carry out basic, sometimes life-saving interventions, such as diagnosing and treating complications, suturing lacerations, or resuscitating newborns who have difficulty breathing.

And yet, it is well known that the availability of power and light at a health care centre can have a cascading effect leading to improved service delivery, including a fetal Doppler to detect fetal well- being, phone charging to enhance patient referrals and staff can easily document data in the electronic Health Management Information system.  By having electricity we are able to improve the capacity of health centers enabling better service delivery, ultimately leading to more demand, saving the lives of mothers and children at birth

Due to the high number of patients seeking maternal and other medical services, we need to install a better solar system. We want to thank all our previous donors and looking for more donors to help us achieve this goal. We cannot do it without your help     

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newborn

The birth of a child is always a time of great rejoicing. It means that a couple was blessed, and that the family unit and the community are being perpetuated and strengthened.  

It is this joy that Achan was experienceing, as she struggled to walk to the health centre. For a journey of 2km to the health centre, this seemed so far. She has made this journey several times before, sometimes even walking further distances. But this time it was different, she was experiencing labour pains, she knew that if she only made it to the clinic, she would be taken care of. At 6 am, as the cock continued to crow in the neighbourhood, Achan arrived at the health centre, escorted by her husband, she had been experiencing labour contractions all night but with no means of transport, she could not leave to go the health centre. So, she impatiently waited for daybreak as the contractions persisted, her husband comforted her all the way. 

She delivered the baby at 11.43am. The pain was over!. Achan and her husband were overjoyed. It was a boy!

The day a child is born should be a time of joy, yet it is the first days of life that carry the highest risk of death for both mothers and their new borns.  New borns now account for nearly half of the 16,000 children under five years of age dying every day.  If children don't live past the critical newborn period, then they cant reach their full potential. 

However, the good news is there are proven solutions and our health workers are helping save newborn babies lives. Mothers are advised to initiate breastfeeding at birth and ensure that they keep the new borns warm, thereby reducing death in newborns. Whats more, many of these solutions are affordable and accessible thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

If generous and supportive people like you support our efforts, then we can help babies- and all children- have better chance of survival and thriving especially in  under resourced communities.  It ensures that our caring staff can help little babies grow up healthy, take their fist steps, learn to read and grow into responsible citizens of this country.

That is why at the Karin Community Initiatives Uganda, we have invested in helping children and enabling them start a healthy life. When generous people like you support us the role of a mother and the newborn’s potential is optimized.

 

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Karin Community Initiatives Uganda

Location: Gulu - Uganda
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Project Leader:
Hope Okeny
gulu, Gulu Uganda

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