Women’s Health

Dr. Swai with his ultrasound

Dr. Swai with his ultrasound

Traditional Birth Attendant Training
We are working with TBAs from both communities to improve their skills and quality of care, specifically:
• pre-natal nutrition and anemia
• red-flagging pregnancies and births for evacuation to primary care
• hygiene, cord-cutting, natural placenta evacuation
• weak or premature babies
• “Kangaroo” care
Embedded in their communities and responsible for 95%+ of all births, TBAs are the frontline to maternal care in remote areas like Natron. We believe they are fundamental to reducing rural rates of maternal mortality and morbidity that may be as high as 2 women per 50.

District-wide Anemia Testing
Through an on-going Rotary International grant, we have established anemia-testing at the Longido District Hospital and the Lutheran Church clinics in Ketumbeine and Gelai Lumbwa. Using easy-to-read COPAK field kits, healthcare workers can quickly determine a patient’s haemoglobin level. Four years of testing show these levels are particularly low in pregnant women and children. We are now training our network of Village Healthcare Workers and TBAs to use COPAK to red-flag and treat or refer severely anemic children and pregnant women.

Family Planning
Women have expressed to us a desire to learn about and access family planning. We are currently collaborating with several other similarly-focused charities such as Weston Turville Wells for Tanzania, as well as our long-term partners in the Lutheran Church clinics and Flying Medical Service to create a culturally-appropriate educational platform. To be successful, this must include guaranteed access to contraception by local healthcare services and, ultimately, male community support.