Excerpts from Africa Science News
With more than 50 percent of women in the developing world delivering babies without the assistance of skilled health personnel, Rotary, a global humanitarian service organization; and Aga Khan University (AKU), a private non-denominational university; are together increasing access to trained health professionals for mothers and infants in East Africa.
The first class of 24 Rotary-sponsored scholars will graduate this month from AKU’s campuses in East Africa, in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing, or Diplomas in General Nursing.
“In rural Kenya, having a nurse or midwife present during childbirth can mean the difference between life and death,” said Geeta Manek Rotary member from Nairobi. “This class of highly trained nurses will help ensure that mothers and their infants receive the best health care possible.”
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Excerpts from Allafrica.com
IN a country where deaths from pregnancy and childbirth have reducing insignificantly, the recent report of the introduction of a new medication for prevention and treatment of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is seen as a moment of hope.
Health analysts touted it as a fresh move that targets reducing the number of maternal deaths currently standing at 13,000 per year. Despite progress in reducing under-five child mortality, Tanzania is ranked among the countries with the highest child and maternal mortality in the world, a new report for the ‘best place to be a mother’ shows.
According to the State of the World’s Mothers, by Save the Children, an Independent Children’s charity working in over 40 countries across the world, the situation of mothers and newborn babies dying from preventable diseases in the country is still terrifying.
According to the report, Tanzania is one of the 12 countries, which accounts for 77 per cent of the global health workforce shortage. Tanzania’s rapidly growing population, which is currently estimated at 2.9 per cent per annum, is cited by the report as one of the challenges facing the country, while its overall health workforce is shrinking fast.
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