Maternal and Child Healthcare Projects
What is Happening?
Nearly 830 women lose their lives everyday due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth. These complications mainly include infection, severe postpartum hemorrhaging and high blood pressure during pregnancy.
Every year, around 20 million newborns have a low birth weight due to starvation or malnutrition before and during pregnancy, which reduces their chances of survival.
Around 7,000 stillbirths occur globally every day, 7,500 infants (0-2 years old) and 8,500 children (2-5 years old) die every day mainly due to premature births, prenatal complications, pneumonia, diarrhea or congenital anomalies
On the other hand, most maternal and infant deaths can be prevented when the necessary interventions and practices are provided in addition to using the existing technologies and facilities used in developed countries.
What do We do?
Yeryüzü Doktorları undertakes various programs in order to reduce the mortality rate of children under 5 years old and to improve maternal and child healthcare in underdeveloped countries where these problems are most acute. These services include vaccinating children and conducting routine check-ups of pregnant women and mothers after delivery and those who are nursing. These projects usually involve employing doctors, nurses, midwives and community health workers as well as providing necessary medicine, equipment and basic healthcare services to mothers and children at local hospitals and clinics or at clinics established by Yeryüzü Doktorları.
In Niger, 550 out of every 100,000 women lose their lives due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these deaths can be prevented through prenatal care. In Niger, 95 children out of every 1,000 children under the age of 5 lose their lives primarily as a result of under nutrition, infections after birth and pneumonia.
After evaluating the needs analysis study conducted out in 2012, Yeryüzü Doktorları decided to launch programs in Niger in the field maternal and children’s nutrition by improving and supporting a local clinic with the services that were needed. A total of 935 women were taken for prenatal check-ups and 184 infants were delivered over 15 months. In addition, 18,499 patients, including 12,160 children, benefited from primary healthcare services.
In Democratic Republic of Congo, 730 out of every 100,000 women lose their lives due to complications stemming from pregnancy and childbirth.
After evaluating the field analysis study conducted in Democratic Republic of Congo, Yeryüzü Doktorları launched its programs in varies parts of the country to improve the poor conditions of maternal and children’s healthcare conditions. With this initiative, Hewa Bora Hospital, located in the center of the Lubumbashi district of Katanga province, and the Gambela, Mose, Kamina, Lumata, Lualaba, Ngoy-mani and Malemba clinics in rural areas of the country, received aid and support between 2005 and 2015. The physical and technical infrastructures of Hewa Bora Hospital and the Lumata and Lualaba clinics were also improved. In all the clinics, an average of 600 to 800 health examinations were provided per month and an average of 50 to 100 infants were delivered.
What can you do?
In regions where delivery possibilities are limited; we are striving to ensure that babies are born healthy and mothers cling on to life with the services we provide before, during and after birth. You can help deliver services to mothers and children that require additional services. With your support we can provide birth and pregnancy follow-up services to areas in need around the world.