TO BE OR NOT TO BE!
Every day, about 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.
All around the world, 2,600,000 babies die within their first month of their life. According to these figures, it means that 7,000 newborns die every day.
%46 of the deaths of children under 5 year-old comprises of the newborn deaths, and this rate was %41 in 2000.
Medical examinations before and after birth are vital for both mother and child as their lives can be saved with these examinations.
What Do We Do?
We establish maternal and child health clinics or improving the existing clinics in areas where delivery possibilities are limited and complications frequently occur. In these clinics, we provide medical services for maternal health with doctors, nurses, midwives, community health workers, and medication-equipment support. In addition to these services, expectant, nursing and future mothers are trained on baby care and reproductive health.
Azez Soran Clinic in Syria: In June 2018, we established a clinic in Soran, a district of the city of Azez in Syria, where the population is close to 130.000. In our clinic we provide birth support, pregnancy follow-up, and primary health care.
Maternal and Child Health Centre of Mogadishu in Somalia: We have a clinic operating in the vicinity of a refugee camp, where 50,000 internally displaced people live. It is located 13 km away from the city of Mogadishu in Somalia. Our clinic serving mother and children began their activities in May 2018, and still continues its operations today.
Somalia Medical Specialization Program: In our medical education project within the scope of the program conducted under the cooperation of TİKA, İstanbul Medeniyet University and Somalia Benadir University, 15 doctors were provided with education in the branch of gynaecology.
Somalia Ibn-i Sina Health Vocational School: In 2013, we established Ibn-i Sina Health Vocational School with the cooperation of Somali Benadir University. It first started its educational activities with 71 medical students, and continued with a total of 185 students from nursing, midwifery, laboratory technician, public health, and pharmacy departments in 2015-2016. Being 31 of them in 2014, 22 in 2015 and 26 in 2016, a total of 79 students graduated from midwifery and nursing departments at the end.
Birth Clinics in Democratic Republic of the Congo: In 2014 – 2015, we supported 2, 045 births and 16,150 examinations in rural areas by strengthening the clinics named Hewa Bora, Gambela, Mose, Kamina, Lumata, Lualaba, Ngoy-mani and Malemba. In addition, we improved the physical and technical infrastructure in Hewa Bora Hospital and Lumata and Lualaba clinics, and also contributed to the solar water well drilling in both clinics to provide a renewable energy source for the clinic.
Somalia Shifa Hospital: In 2012-2015, we facilitated a total of 1,344 births in Somalia Shifa Hospital.
Niger Koria Haoussa Maternal, Child and Nutrition Health Centre: In Niger, where access to health services is insufficient, we improved in an existing clinic in 2012 and started to support the services provided. Within the scope of these services, which continued for 15 months in the country center, we conducted the prenatal controls of a total of 935 mothers and delivered 184 births.
In 2013, we performed surgeries in Lamordé Hospital, Maradi State Hospital and Niamey Fistula* Centres in Niger and provided treatment for a total of 99 cases.
* Obstetric fistula; gaps occurring in the birth area in long and distressed births due to reasons such as pregnancy in early age, inability to access health care during birth, incorrect birth methods. The most obvious effects are continuous urine and faecal incontinence of the patient and bleeding. The nerve damage caused by leakage may make it difficult for the patients to walk or completely prevent them from walking.
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. With this regard, in examinations before the birth, we follow-up the pregnancy process, monitor the baby development and provide nutrition and medicine in necessary cases. In examinations after the birth, we measure the weight and height of baby and continue to follow-up of mother and child’s medical condition. Also, we train the mother about baby care and reproductive health, and provide nutrition and medicine in necessary cases.
You can also afford a birth operation or support a pregnancy follow-up.
Cost of One Pregnancy Follow-up 170 ₺
Cost of One Childbirth 700 ₺