MaterCare International in partnership with … Kenya started Project Isiolo: a Comprehensive Rural Obstetrical Services and Training Program in February 2009 with a ground breaking ceremony and blessing.
Kenya has one of the highest maternal mortality and morbidity rates in Africa.
There are virtually no obstetricians, nurses, or midwives serving this vast central and northern region of Kenya where mortality rates are even higher.
The purpose of the project is to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.
MaterCare International will construct a maternity hospital in Isiolo.
While returning from the MaterCare Maternity Clinic in remote Merti in central Kenya, we experienced first hand what mothers in the developing world suffer when the transfer of a high risk pregnancy is obstructed – fear, vulnerability, frustration, anxiety & desperation.
Maternal transfer can be delayed by birth attendants failing to recognize a high risk situation, poor communication, poor transportation, poor roads, or that help is simply too far away.
Our ‘obstruction’ was an impassable, muddy road which, on the same day, tragically resulted in a mother losing her baby- in the developed world this was a preventable intrapartum foetal death.
It therefore may come as little surprise that the maternal mortality in the same district of Isiolo exceeds 1:20!
In my home city of Adelaide, South Australia the rate is 1:14,000- an enormous disparity.
It’s definitely time to do something about this- thank God for organisations like MaterCare International whose rural obstetrical model of care will have such an positive impact on motherhood in Kenya.
Dr Elvis Šeman
MBBS, EUCOGE, FRANZCOG, FRCOG
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[31 October 2013, http://matercare-international.blogspot.com/2013_10_01_archive.html ]