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.
Worldwide, 2.600.000 babies die within their first month of life.
According to this statistic, 7.000 newborns die every day.
Out of deaths of children 5 years or younger, 46% are newborn deaths.
For mothers and their babies, examinations before and after birth are vital.
It directly prevents maternal and infant deaths.
What do We do?
We are establishing 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 maternity visits, the birth, and post-birth visits by providing doctors, nurses, midwives, community health workers, and medication-equipment support. These services are to protect and better the health of both mother and child. In addition, education on baby care and reproductive health are given to mothers and future mothers.
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.
Mother and Child Health Centre of Mogadishu in Somalia: We have a clinic operating in the vicinity of a refugee and internally displaced persons 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 initiated their activities in May 2018 and continues to 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. We initiated educational activities that benefited 71 medical students, and a total of 185 students from nursing, midwifery, laboratory technician departments, public health, and pharmacy departments, which continued education in 2015-2016. As a result, 79 students graduated from midwifery and nursing departments in 2014, 22 in 2015 and 26 in 2016.
Democratic Republic of the Congo Birth Clinics: In 2014 – 2015, we contributed to 2. 045 births and 16.150 examinations in rural areas by supporting 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. We also contributed to the solar system well drilling in both clinics to provide a renewable energy source for the clinic.
Somalia Şifa Hospital: In 2012-2015, we facilitated a total of 1,344 births in Somalia Şifa Hospital.
Niger Koria Haoussa Mother 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 provide support for the services rendered. Within the scope of these services, which continued for 15 months in the country centre, 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. 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.