Mothers and newborns in East Africa lack access to quality healthcare services and suffer from extreme rates of mortality. Every day, 830 women unnecessarily die from pregnancy and childbirth. 99 percent of those deaths occur in developing regions like East Africa. Newborns in this region also disproportionately bear the burden of inadequate access to quality healthcare. Sub-Saharan Africa suffers from one of the highest rates of under-five death in the world, with one-third of those deaths occurring during the first month of life.
International agencies agree that as many as 66 percent of newborn deaths and 74 percent of maternal deaths could be prevented through implementation of known, evidence-based best practices. Hundreds of thousands of maternal and newborn deaths could be prevented every year if health workers in developing regions were trained and equipped to put evidence-based, high-impact interventions into practice at their local health centers.
Trained and equipped health workers are key to improving healthcare outcomes for mothers and newborns. LifeNet International (LN) is one organization working to improve healthcare in East Africa, especially for mothers and babies, from the ground up through its results-oriented partnership network. East African health centers in its network receive a bundle of interventions, including in-person training for medical and management staff, pharmaceutical and equipment supply, and ongoing quality assurance. [Read more…] about Basic Healthcare Training Saving Maternal and Newborn Lives in East Africa