Our Mothers provides critical post-natal healthcare, midwifery training, the establishment of maternal clinics and provision of medication.
The joy of being a mother is unmatched. It is one of the most significant act a human being can go through. It is critical for the continuity of human race. No mother. Yet every year, around 300,000 mothers, or mothers-to-be, die in pregnancy and childbirth. The research suggests that 99% of deaths are avoidable. Most of these deaths happen in developing countries. Sub-Saharan Africa carries the heaviest burden of these deaths.
Challenges for maternal and neonatal health include lack of continuous training for midwives and birth attendants, limited access to medicines and poor understanding within the community about the support available in childbirth.
Muntada Aid is committed to supporting the local communities to train and empower the maternal health practitioners and also provide mothers with vital medicines in Sub-Saharan Africa.
We are providing a comprehensive in-service training programme in these countries. This will help in creating a workforce with the capacity and capabilities to deal with the increasing demand in healthcare services.
The maternal health practitioners in Sub-Saharan Africa work under extremely challenging conditions. Long hours, non-existent wages and minimal support structure is the common story. The midwives frequently have to look after several labouring women on their own. Most of these midwives receive no further training and their skillset remains limited and they often lack the knowledge base and technical knowhow. Often their training is inadequate or out of date. Maternal death is something they face frequently in the absence of up to date equipment, drugs and most of all training.
Muntada Aid provides Skills Sharing Workshops run by volunteer UK midwives. The aim is to offer opportunities to local midwives to refresh and update their knowledge and practice their skills in a supportive and safe environment. The ultimate aim is to make birth safer for women in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Post-Partum Haemorrhage (PPH) is one of the biggest killer of women during childbirth. Muntada Aid is providing Misoprostol, the medication to prevent or treat PPH. Currently, Muntada Aid is providing Misoprostol to part or whole of five countries. Our volunteer midwives include the management of this most precious of medications in their skills sharing workshops.
Muntada Aid is working with a host of partners including charities, local NHS trusts, universities and international governments in our mission of saving women during childbirth.