Approximately over 80% of women in developing countries give birth outside the hospital. This leads to high number of maternal deaths. West Pokot County is on the forefront of countering the high rates of infant and maternal deaths and high number of home deliveries through partnering with NGOs and other government institutions.
Saving Mothers Organization who have been in the county since 2014 have played a key role in preventing maternal deaths in the county by working with the county women and health providers.
A medical team of 12 members from Saving Mothers and HOLD Uganda (on healthcare training) lead by their President, Co-Founder & Medical Director Taraneh Shirazian, paid a courtesy to the governor at his office. This was in line with their one-week medical camp of 24th- 28th September, 2018 at the Kapenguria County Referral Hospital in Kapenguria Ward.
Governor Prof. John Krop Lonyangapuo applauded their committed medical engagement with the county especially in the provision of health and medical services, training and equipment. He encouraged the team to continue to work more women and train more health providers from the county.
Dr. Shirazian appreciated he efforts and support given by the county government through the ministry of health and promised to work with the county closely. “Saving Mothers in Partnership with Hospital Sisters have procured a 1.7 tonnes medical consignment that will help us with this week’s work and other equipment like beds that will be donated and distributed to West Pokot County hospitals and other regional hospitals” she said.
Ibrahim Longolomoi, the then CO for health and now CO for trade and industrialization, clarified the issue of deliverance of the consignment saying that the county through the Department of finance was working hard to ensure the first consignment arrives in time for the surgeries.
Saving Mothers in collaboration with the West Pokot Ministry of Health have developed a Maternal Continuum of Care program designed to promote facility based prenatal care-seeking and increase the number of hospital deliveries. In addition, family planning was recently incorporated in the continuum to offer free post-partum IUD placement for women who deliver at the hospital. Since the introduction of this program, prenatal care visits have increased by 15%, hospital deliveries have increased by 20% and neonatal deaths have decreased by 25%.
This week the medical team from Saving Mothers are in the county to offer corrective surgeries on birth related complications and incontinence. The scope of surgeries include fistula, uterine prolapse and fibroids.
Present at the meeting were Dr. Michael Parklea-County Secretary, Geoffrey Lipale-CEC Health, Ednah Krop- CO health, Peter Adoki- CO preventive and promotive health services, Ibrahim Longolomoi-CO trade and industrialization and Augustine Kakuko- Coordinator, Saving Mothers.