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Safe mother

The health of mother-and-child is an important indicator for the development level of a country, as it is influenced by various factors including the environmental and economic conditions, the progress of diagnostic technology and of assistance at pregnancy and birth, as well as a broad access to these resources.

Despite the substantial progress in many countries of middle income, the level of maternal mortality remains unacceptably high, especially in Africa and South Asia.

Every year more than 500.000 women die from giving birth to a child because of complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, - occurences which nowadays in the developed world are rare.

The risk of dying from causes like these is - for an african woman - one to sixteen, whereas the risk for a woman who lives in an industrialized country is one to threethousand eight hundred.

The low quantity of women who go and give birth to their child at hospital can be ascribed to tradition as well as to the lacking government programmes of monitoring pregnancy, but in particular to the costs of prenatal monitoring as well as to the costs of being hospitalized, both generally too high for the average population.

In fact, at many african hospitals it costs what amounts to 10 € for a natural birth and 70 € for a Caesarean birth (this is within populations where the average income is about 300 € per year).

For this reason, in case of a problematic birth, the woman often arrives in hospital either with a dead baby or in great life-threatening danger herself.

AIMS:

Primary aim of the project Safe Mother is to reduce the mortality of mother-and-child by means of a programme designed to monitor pregnancy, free of charge or very cheap, which would make it possible to identify pregnancies at risk and direct those to hospital.

A programme like that should not be separated neither from the activities of the local hospital nor from those of the traditional midwife in the villages.

On these conditions we have initiated the project ‘Mammasicura’, first in TOGO, Hospital of St. Joseph di Datcha - Atakpamè (2012-14), and then afterwards, with the modifications given from the local circumstances, in MADAGASCAR, Hospital of Henintsoa di Vohipeno-Manacara (2014-ongoing) 

 

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