31 July 2014

Meeting the need for Natural Family Planning

From POP.org,

African Women Turning to Natural Family Planning; Turning Down Abortifacient Contraceptives, Survey Reveals 

By Anne Morse and Steven Mosher

It seemed like your typical family planning conference: it was sponsored by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Health Organization’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research. It had the typical title: “Is access enough? Understanding and addressing unmet need for Family Planning.” It even seemed to have the usual group of presenters ready with their cherry-picked findings to lobby for even more money to be spent on the contraception and sterilization of African women.
Read the full article here: http://pop.org/content/african-women-turning-natural-family-planning-turning-down-abortifacient-contraceptives-surv 

14 July 2014

Delivery update from Daaba

-by Sister Jacinta Njeru

On  the 11th of June at 3AM a TBA (traditional birth attendant) called to ask for help from Daaba, a place located 56 kms from Isiolo. She had a neighbor, a young girl around 16-18 years old, in prolonged labor but before term. After reassuring her, the ambulance and driver were released to go and collect them.The road is horrible, but the driver arrived safely and picked up the young mother, TBA, and her relative to bring them to MaterCare's St. John Paul II hospital.

On the way, her labor was aggravated by the rough road, and the mother had strong contractions. Since the ambulance had a delivery pack and other necessities, she was encouraged to push. Just a few kilometers from the hospital, she delivered a male child. The child was in good health, though born premature.
The mother was examined, and was diagnosed with placenta delayed separation. They rushed her to the hospital immediately and arrived at the labor ward. The placenta was delivered, and the mother, who had sustained a third degree tear, was treated in the theater.

Baby was examined and weighed 2800 grams (6.2lbs), breastfeeding initiated. Due to much blood loss the mother had dizziness, she had not attended antenatal clinic, and her blood count was low. She was given Ranferon and IV infusions until she was stable. The TBA and relatives thanked the hospital staff and MaterCare that saved both their girl's life that of the baby.

3 July 2014

UN strategies for maternal health need an overhaul

From the Associated Press,

In the past decade, billions of dollars have been spent trying to save mothers in developing countries using strategies deemed essential by the United Nations. But in two large analyses of maternal health programs_ including one conducted by the U.N. itself _ the efforts appeared almost useless, raising troubling questions about how billions of dollars are spent. Critics are calling for the pricey global initiatives to be significantly overhauled; the programs continue to be implemented despite little proof they work. Even public health officials acknowledge they were taken aback by the results. 
MaterCare International's projects, which receive no funding from Western governments, have been proven to effectively save the lives of women and their children with very little money.