Organized by Rose Charities’ partner: the Tabish Social Health Organization, the first short course in safe birthing has been conducted in the Northern Province IDP (Internally Displaced Person) Camp.

It is estimated (WHO) that a woman dies every two hours in Afghanistan as a consequence of or during childbirth. The Afghan Health Ministry reports that about 18,000 Afghan women die during childbirth every year. According to a recent report by the NGO Save the Children, Afghanistan ranked as the worst place to give birth, followed by Niger and Chad (2011). On average, about 1 in 23 mothers are expected to die from pregnancy-related causes.

A birthing kit is demonstrated

The five day course, delivered to around 30 women had an agenda covering the following areas: hygiene and legal issues, healthy pregnancy, pre-delivery preparation, doctors and midwives visits, safe delivery with and without access to health center, high risk signs and symptoms, preparation of birthing materials. Further sessions included progress assessment and practicalities of delivery, risk assessment for mother and child pre-delivery and post-delivery hygiene and care. In addition, family planning and safe birth spacing were discussed, and other aspects such as nutrition and breast feeding. Basic first aid and general health were also covered.

Distribution was  made of special delivery kits and instruction given of the use of the content.

The course was largely funded by the Rose Charities Hillman Fund as part of its international focus on safe birthing education (other Hillman Fund safe birthing programs are currently operating in Guateamala and also Pakistan)


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