According to the United Nations, maternal mortality in developing regions is still 15 times higher than in developed regions. The rate in sub-Saharan Africa is 500 deaths per 100,000 births, with a rate of 438 in Uganda. A woman should not have to lose her life to bring a new one into this world. This suffering is preventable with low-cost, feasible interventions.
Through the work of International Midwife Assistance (IMA) at the Teso Safe Motherhood Project (TSMP) in Soroti, Uganda, maternal mortality is at 0. Yes zero. Motherhood is safe at TSMP due to a few simple, cost-effective strategies:
- Compassionate care provided at every birth. Trained midwives and an obstetrician provide skilled medical care during births, ensuring the presence of a skilled attendant. It is through modern midwifery ethics of fostering a relationship of mutual trust that women choose to deliver at TSMP;
- Comprehensive pre-natal care including regular pre-natal exams, anemia, malaria and HIV testing, mosquito nets and protein-rich food distribution;
- Family planning education and direct services, including all the modern methods, to prevent unwanted pregnancies and provide appropriate spacing between children; and
- Free transportation to the maternity clinic for laboring women, removing one of the primary barriers for giving birth with a skilled attendant.
Safe motherhood is possible. Join us in making it a reality.
International Midwife Assistance is a charitable, 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization that saves the lives of women and infants. IMA works with local populations to create sustainable programs that lower maternal and infant mortality in communities experiencing health care crises. Currently, IMA is partnering with the Teso Safe Motherhood Project in Soroti, Uganda.