May 26, 2017
Kenya: Fighting Malnutrition In Rural Communities
Caesarians are rare, and labor can often be obstructed or prolonged due to malnutrition. Some of the leading causes of death for women in Chad are complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.The difficult labor process can leave women with cases of obstetric fistula that can dramatically impact their wellbeing. In 2015, our Doctors of the World teams provided 1,711 medically supervised births and over 44,170 obstetric consultations for expectant mothers.
In Chad, women usually have to walk several hours to reach a health center or to see one of the few doctors in the country. As a result, many women die during childbirth without having received any medical attention. For every 100,000 women, 1,200 die during childbirth – one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Only 4.8% of women use any form of contraception. Women and children often do not seek medical care or treatment due to the long distances they have to travel. To address this, our teams equipped local communities with horse carts in order to transport patients more quickly and efficiently. Using the carts greatly reduces the time and effort required to reach a center, enabling women and children to seek care more frequently.
Since 2015, Doctors of the World has also worked with one of our partners, Action Against Hunger, on health advocacy in the districts of Mao, Mondo, and in Mao City. We have worked in over 47 health centers and in Mao’s regional hospital, where we raise awareness among young adolescents about health related issues such as maternal health, the prevention of HIV, the transmission risk between mother and child and the importance of vaccinating new-born babies against disease. Throughout the region we also organize family planning activities and information sessions.