Reducing maternal deaths in south-west Ethiopia

Deaths from maternal causes still represent the leading cause of deaths among women of reproductive age in Ethiopia. We work on a public programme with the Ministry of Health in South-west Ethiopia to improve maternal health and reduce maternal and neonatal deaths (population 2.8 million).

As seen from the First Half-year report 2010 for our project, the number of institutions carrying out Comprehensive Obstetric care has since 2008 increased from two hospitals to 7 institutions (five hospitals and two health centres). The number of Caesarean Sections is doubled, and many lives of mothers and children have been saved.

We hope by 2011 to enable four more health centres doing these essential functions.

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