Some women in poorer countries do not have this valuable service that we take for granted over here in the UK and every year 1.3 million babies die due to complications of giving birth and a lack of midwives being present to assist. I personally would not be here today and neither would my kids if it wasn't for regular antenatal checks as I have a small pelvis and have to have C-Sections.
Yesterday Save The Children launched a 'Missing Midwives' campaign as part of the 'No child born to die'. They have been working alongside Davina McCall and Stacey Solomon to raise awareness and campaign to provide training for more midwives in poorer countries. Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children, says:
“While in the UK our thoughts turn to our own mums this weekend, we must not turn our backs on the mums and babies who will die today during birth or from complications associated with it.
No mother should face giving birth without help. It doesn’t have to be complicated: someone who knows how to dry a baby properly and rub its back to help it breathe can make the difference between life and death. No child is born to die.”
The biggest killers of children in southern Sudan are malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory infections. These ailments are so easy to treat but only one in four people are within reach of a functioning health centre.
The health system here has been in a bit of a mess after 20 years of devastating conflict and only 13% of children are immunised against the diseases that are killing them and only 12% of families have a mosquito net that is vital weapon against stopping the spread of malaria.
'Save the Children' support Primary Health Care Units who provide essential basic health care services. The main services provided are free consultations and basic medicines to people who would not otherwise have access to proper health care. This simple intervention addresses the preventable deaths in young children, a lot of who do not reach five years in age.
Want to help? Then pop over to Save The Children here and see how you can contribute. Please take a few minutes and pledge your support with other mothers today here.