maternal deaths per 100,000 births
of women use contraception
In Chad, pregnant women and new-borns have very limited access to care, particularly in rural areas. Living far from the few doctors in the region, women have to walk long hours to reach a health centre. As a result, women often die in childbirth due to a lack of medical support: there are 1,084 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, and only 4.8 per cent of women use contraception.
Women often die in childbirth due to a lack of medical support.
In Kanem, a large proportion of women give birth at home, as the population is unaware of the importance of a medically assisted delivery.
Since 2009, Doctors of the World has been working in the Kanem region of western Chad. Since 2015, in partnership with Action Against Hunger, Doctors of the World has continued its outreach activities in the health districts of Mao, Mondo and in Mao town. Together, the two organisations support 42 health centres in Mondo and Mao. Teenagers in secondary and high schools are made aware of issues related to maternal health, HIV prevention and the risks of mother-to-child transmission and the importance of new-born vaccinations.
Training and supporting
In order to reduce the negative consequences of deliveries that are too long and poorly managed, midwives are recruited and delivery rooms refurbished in rural health centres.
In addition, medical and paramedical personnel are trained in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and child health, as well as in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Helping organise healthcare
Family planning activities have been implemented in the region. Doctors of the World have also encouraged communities to equip horse-drawn carts for the transport of patients. This means of transport greatly reduces distances and encourages women to travel to health centres.
Finally, the association supports the Mao and Mondo district teams in the organisation and planning of health activities.
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