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In Senegal woman have a 1 in 22 chance of dying during childbirth

A mother’s death is a tragedy which also disintegrates families and communities. Her death puts at risk the lives of the surviving newborn and her other small children, as well as their chance of receiving healthcare and education. Her death makes it harder for the family to survive and prosper. If we can ensure safe births, we are one step closer to saving families and communities.

About 90% of these deaths are preventable if women have access to the correct care. The main causes of maternal death – hemorrhage, infection, unsafe abortion, hypertension disorders, and obstructed labor- are all preventable through the care of properly trained attendants at births and by having access to reliable emergency obstetric care.

Contributing factors to maternal and neonatal deaths are the lack of:

  • Well-trained, proficient midwives and traditional birth attendants
  • Readily available medical supplies and medications
  • Clean running water and sanitary conditions
  • Access to reliable emergency care
  • Medical staff
  • Prenatal and postpartum care
  • Newborn care and neonatal resuscitation skills

We are working alongside midwives and traditional birth attendants, improving their knowledge and skills, and encouraging them to use their intuition rather than relying on outdated western protocols and harsh birthing practices which create more maternal mortality.

We are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies while reducing the maternal and neonatal mortality rate.  We treat every woman with respect and dignity. Increasing women’s access to quality midwifery care is a primary focus at The Senegal Health Institute. We believe it is the right of every woman to have the best possible care during pregnancy and childbirth.

We at the Senegal Health Institute follow the basic principles of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI)