Maternity Africa is dedicated to the fight of eradicating obstetric fistula (OF) in Tanzania.
OF is caused when the baby becomes stuck in the birth canal (obstructed labour). When the mother remains in labour for many days, pressure on the tissue between the rectum & birth canal, or bladder and birth canal, can die, creating a small hole. Generally, the baby dies and when the mother recovers from the birth she leaks urine or faeces (or both) continuously. She now has a devastating medical condition, and she is often abandoned by her husband and the community, leaving her with a wretched life.
There IS hope. In most cases OF can be repaired by a skilled surgeon. Dr. Browning is committed to up-skilling and training Tanzanian doctors who will remain in-country to continue care.
The family planning program at Kivulini is a pillar of safe motherhood. Evidence suggests that if all women were offered access to these services then maternal mortality could be reduced by up to 30%, which could lead to a corresponding reduction in maternal injury -the most common and devastating being obstetric fistula.
These services are open and free for all. Not only do all maternity and fistula clients get offered counselling, advice and the choice of F.P. commodities, but the doors are open during office hours to anyone else that requires this service.
The WHO gold standard of antenatal care is to have 4 scheduled antenatal visits prior to labour and delivery. This ensures that the well–being of mother and baby are monitored and any problems can be identified and managed appropriately.
Identified higher risk cases have access to health promotion which is includes family planning education, presented through TV films and one on one consultations with key health professionals.
Labour & Delivery
At Kivulini we offer normal midwifery care and 24-hour emergency obstetric services. When we are at capacity we plan to have 2,500 delivers each year. That is 208 deliveries a month!
We work with local leaders and health facilities workers to build relationships and become a centre for them to refer to. Our midwives and outreach teams go into the surrounding communities and market places to inform and invite people to access our services.
Our mission is to deliver high quality reproductive healthcare services.
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P.O Box 16464