Jun 30, 2011

Senegal: Poorly-trained midwives pose danger


Post-partum hemorrhaging is the leading cause of death for women who die during labor in Senegal. Low standards, or a complete lack of training for midwives, in addition to severe shortages of midwives in rural areas, contribute to the crisis surrounding labor and delivery in the country. The government is being encouraged to increase midwifery school regulation and increase the number of midwives in general, and in the rural areas in particular. Bigoué Ba, the vice-president of the National Association of Midwives, suggests that the Healthy Ministry of Senegal consider training traditional birth attendants, or “matrons,” already being used in the country, especially in rural areas, to help combat the shortages and numbers of untrained midwives practicing. In a similar fashion, Life for Mothers trains local community health workers to educate their peers about healthy antenatal and postnatal care while working to increase access to life-saving emergency care for mothers with high-risk pregnancy. To read the full article and learn more about Life for Mothers’ work, click here.

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Babies and mothers wait for care at Mulago Hospital - Ugandan's National Referral Hospital. Some may die and some mothers may develop obstetric fistulae. Click Here to view.

Source:The New Vision- Uganda's Leading Newspaper July 2007

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