What Maternity Africa does

At a glance

Obstetric fistula surgery

Transforming lives

Family planning

Educating and equipping

Antenatal care

Assessing and addressing

Labour and delivery

Celebrating life

Obstetric fistula surgery

EngenderHealth estimates that there are up to 3,000 new cases of obstetric fistula in Tanzania each year.  Maternity Africa is dedicated to fighting for the eradication of obstetric fistula in Tanzania.

Obstetric fistula is caused when a baby becomes stuck in the birth canal (obstructed labour).  When the mother remains in labour for several days, pressure on the tissue between the rectum and the birth canal, or bladder and birth canal, can die, creating a small hole.  Usually the baby dies.  When the mother recovers from the birth she leaks urine or faeces  (or both) continuously.  She now has a devastating medical condition, permanent without surgery.  She is often abandoned by her husband and the community, leaving her with a wretched life.

 There IS hope.  In most cases, obstetric fistula can be repaired by a skilled surgeon.  Maternity Africa’s Founder and visiting surgeon, Dr Browning conducts many of the more complex operations, completely free of charge.  He is also committed to training Tanzanian doctors so that they can operate and continue care.

Family planning

Maternity Africa’s family planning programme provides a pillar of safe motherhood.  Evidence suggests that if all women were offered access to effective family planning services then maternal mortality could be reduced by up to 30%.  This could lead to a corresponding reduction in maternal injury – a most common and devastating being obstetric fistula.

Maternity Africa offers family planning consultations and a choice of treatment for all of its maternity and fistula patients, and to external clients. 

Antenatal care

A recommendation from the World Health Organization is that each pregnant woman should have four scheduled antenatal visits prior to labour and delivery.  This helps to ensures that the wellbeing of mother and baby are monitored and any problems can be identified and managed appropriately.

Maternity Africa provides antenatal care, free of charge for all of its maternity patients.  Patients who are identified as being at higher risk cases have access to health promotion services.  This includes family planning education, presented through film and one-to-one consultations with Maternity Africa’s skilled and experienced health professionals. 

Labour and delivery

At Kivulini Maternity Centre, Maternity Africa offers normal midwifery care and 24-hour Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn (CEmONC) services, free of charge to vulnerable and marginalised women and girls of childbearing age.  Maternity Africa is progressing streadily towards its annual target of 2,500 deliveries each year. 

Maternity Africa works with local community leaders and health facilities to build relationships and become a centre for them to refer patients.  Maternity Africa’s midwives and outreach teams go into the surrounding communities and market places to inform and invite people to access Maternity Africa’s services.

All women deserve to have adequately trained, knowledgeable and skilled birth attendants to support them during pregnancy and labour.  This includes having surgeons to perform life-saving procedures and repair damage, and having access to information to keep themselves and their children healthy. 

It should not matter who you are or where you come from.

Currently, it does matter where someone come from.  Many vulnerable and marginalized women and girls are not able to access the maternal health care services that they need.  Maternity Africa is fighting against this.  Maternity Africa provides its services free of charge to vulnerable and marginalized women and girls.  It offers professional excellence and displays love, kindness and compassion regardless of anyone’s race, religion or ethnicity.

Maternity Africa can provide its services only with the help of our generous donors and supporters.

 

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