Our Maternal Health Policy

Our policy is based on the poor measures and standard of maternal and neonatal care in sub-Saharan African countries. These measures are illustrated in the following documents which are on this website:

 

  • Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in the African continent
  • Perinatal Mortality in the African continent and
  • WHO standards for maternal and neonatal care. 2007

 

The content of the policy is as following:

  • To highlight the serious and common obstetric and medical problems which affect women in sub-Sahara Africa and raise the awareness of the Government of the affected countries on them. Some of the main issues are bleeding during pregnancy, childbirth and after birth, sepsis, Hypertensive disease, obstructed labour, HIV, Ebola and others.

 

  • To educate women living in remote villages and towns by providing vital pregnancy information for them. Information is provided in the form of patient information leaflets, books, videos, DVDs, and also on this website. In the future, interval magazine will be published and given to women. The absence of these services in most sub-Saharan African countries is a contributing factor to the high maternal and perinatal mortality that characterise the region.

 

  • We also run a campaign on ‘’planning for baby’’ by stressing the need for a prepregnancy clinic on the African continent. We believe that most of the problems that women encounter during pregnancy can be prevented if they are adequately taken care of when preparing for pregnancy. This is of particular importance for prenatal infections like HIV, malaria and medical conditions like diabetes, essential hypertension, epilepsy, etc.

 

  • We run outreach workshops in communities, churches, schools, primary health centres and hospitals.

 

  • One of our cardinal duties is training and retraining of healthcare professionals, including midwives, nurses, doctors and allied professionals. This is carried out in collaboration with medical colleges, universities and institutes of higher learning both in Africa and in developed countries. Typical examples of the training that we offer are as following:
  1. A one to two years training of clinical fellows in fetal medicine. At the end of the training, the fellows are tested by representatives of reputable Fetal Medicine units from abroad. Successive candidates are accredited with certificates of competencies in different aspects of fetal medicine.
  2. Training of nurses in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound, at the end of which they are awarded a ‘’certificate of competence.’’
  3. Organisations of workshop on evidence-based management of labour, obstetric drills and CTG interpretation. These sessions are normally attended by nurses and doctors.
  4. In rural areas, we train and retrain nurses, midwives and general practitioners who offer obstetric care. Furthermore, we train non-physician medical personnel in remote villages in basic obstetric skills so that they too can effectively take care of pregnant women.    

 

  • Another important problem in the sub-Sahara African countries is that of blood transfusion service which exists only in big towns. Many private hospitals in remote areas use blood that is donated on the spot for transfusion. There is therefore high risk of spread of blood-borne diseases and other complications. The Women’s Health Africa will therefore raise fund to create blood banks in rural areas.

 

  • We carry out research and audits that will enhance women’s care on the African continent. This is achieved by collaborating with research institutions abroad. At the moment we have many projects on malaria, diabetes in pregnancy, labour ward practices and the impact of environmental pollution on mother, embryo, fetus and the newborn.

 

 


1. Our Maternal Health Policy

2. Why Maternal Health

3. Maternal Mortality and Morbidity on the African continent

4. Perinatal Mortality on the African continent

5. Trends in mat mort 1990 - 2013

6. WHO KSK maternal mortality

7. WHO on perinatal mortality 2006

8. WHO standarsds for maternal and neonatal care

9. World health statistics 2014