SAMA initiated a women’s health program to address several problems leading to increased maternal mortality.
The maternal mortality rate in Sudan is 311 per 100,000 live births according to the UNFPA (https://www.unfpa.org). This is an astonishing rate compared to US where 14 women die per 100,000 live births.
Regrettably, a significant number of births are not performed by trained midwives. Improving maternal health services, promoting continuous medical education and midwifery training, aggressive postpartum hemorrhage prevention and treatment, supporting pharmacological intervention and early uterotonic agents administration following baby’s delivery according to international and national guidelines will significantly decrease the maternal death rate from postpartum hemorrhage which will eventually decrease the overall maternal mortality and morbidity in these deprived rural areas.
The program aims to:
1- Train village midwives in preventing postpartum hemorrhage: introducing the jhpiego certified HMS-Bleeding After Birth module.
2- Providing midwives with the tools and consumables to enable safe deliveries.
3- Provision of equipment, surgical instruments and supplies to rural hospitals and maternal health providers.
4- Establishing critical care services at Wad Medani Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital.
5- Cervical Cancer screening
Director of the Women’s Health Program
Mohamed Ibrahim, MD, FCOG