Our Current Project: Gojjam Region, Bichena Clinic
Why a Maternal Health Care Suite?
Maternal deaths are a major challenge to health systems worldwide, but it is especially difficult in Ethiopia. In fact, more than 50% of global maternal deaths occur in 6 countries, including Ethiopia (UN Population Fund).
1 in 14 Ethiopian women dies during pregnancy or childbirth. In 2011, Ethiopia recorded 676 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births (UN World Health Organization). Studies indicate the major causes of maternal death are from preventable and treatable complications, such as ruptured uterus, postpartum hemorrhage and preeclampsia/eclampsia (Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey – EDHS).
Major factors that contribute to maternal death include limited access to well-equipped and well-staffed health
facilities with obstetric care. Most of the health facilities in rural Ethiopia are not fully equipped with providers, equipment or staff to provide the services necessary to manage complications in pregnancy and childbirth (UN Population Fund). In fact, the majority of maternal deaths occur in the early postpartum period (more than half within a day of delivery). Thus, access to care is essential to reducing maternal mortality (Ministry of Health, Ethiopia).
Presently women served by the Bichena Clinic are laboring and delivering their sweet babies in rooms where ALL patients are receiving medical care. Exposure to illness and risks for infections and serious complications increase enormously without dedicated delivery and post partum care, hence the urgent need for a dedicated obstetric facility.
We KNOW committing ourselves to improving maternal care will save lives --- please join us in support of this project.