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Maternal and Children Health Needs for TropicalClinics, Kakamega

Services offered will include providing medicine that will reduce the transfer of HIV infection from mother-to-child at birth; modern pre-natal and birthing healthcare to decrease the rate of pregnancy related deaths; and provisions to alleviate malnutrition and vaccine-preventable diseases in children.

We will provide a care model for rural regions in Kenya, and for the rest of Africa, dealing with high rates of maternal and infant mortality and the horror of HIV/AIDS.

  • There are 100 times more pregnancy-related deaths in Kenya than in the United States.
  • Infant mortality is 10 times higher in Kenya than in the United States.
  • Nearly 40% of Kenyan children under the age of five are malnourished.
  • Outpatient and admission wards in the Kakamega region are overcrowded with patients.
  • Public facilities in the Kakamega region suffer from serious shortages of medical supplies and equipment.

Low-cost, off-patent drugs can stop postpartum hemorrhaging and prevent mothers' deaths in childbirth.

Thousands of women's lives will be saved by making drugs and therapeutic care available to traditional midwives through TropicalClinics Community Outreach program.

 

Equipment and Supplies Needed
by TropicalClinics

TropicalClinics Kakamega will be an 80-bed medical and education center that will serve up to 500 patients per day.

The Center will be the first clinic to offer state-of-art diagnostic tools, therapeutic treatment, and community outreach programs in the Kakamega region.

 

Needed Medical Equipment and Supplies

  • Blood Pressure Monitor
  • CT Scan
  • Blood-Glucose Monitor
  • Calorimeters
  • Laparoscope
  • Centrifuges
  • Coulter Counter
  • Culture & Sensitivity incubator
  • HIV Testing Kits
  • L.C.G. monitor
  • Ultra Sound
  • Microscopes
  • Oximeter
  • Mammogram Machine
  • HPV and Pap Smear screening Kits

Needed Capital Equipment and Supplies

  • Laundry Equipment
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Ambulances
  • Van/Car
  • Computers and Computer Supplies
 

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"...one in 16 women die because of obstetric complications..."


Muhonja is pregnant and her best hope for a safe delivery is help from a traditional birth attendant.

Muhonja is pregnant and her best hope for a safe delivery is help from a traditional birth attendant.

If a woman experienced complications during pregnancy and delivery she will have to be transported on a bicycle almost 10 miles to the nearest medical facility.

If Muhonja experienced complications during pregnancy and delivery she will have to be transported on a bicycle almost 10 miles to the nearest medical facility. Many pregnant women do not make it to the medical facility; they bleed to death.

In the small village near Kakamega where she lives, pregnant Muhonja could be one of the lucky ones. And she would have you to thank. You see, with your help, TropicalClinics Health Center in Kakamega, Kenya will be able to prevent pregnancy-related deaths for women like Muhonja.

In Africa, one in 16 women dies because of obstetric complications during pregnancy, childbirth and the immediate postpartum period. "I use a razor, scissors, and thread" says traditional midwife Peris Matakha, describing part of her work in delivering a baby. "Sometimes I use gloves which I disinfect to use for another job, that is, if they are not torn."

Fifty-five year old Matakha, who lives in the low-income village of Kakamega assists with about six births a month, although this figure can double during busy periods. She is not a skilled birth attendant and her delivery services can result in many pregnancy-related complications including death.

The government's efforts to train traditional midwives like Matakha to reduce the number of maternal deaths have met with little success. There are simply not enough hospitals, clinics, and medical personnel to help all pregnant women deliver their babies in an institutional setting.

The good news is that TropicalClinics has planned an aggressive program to prevent transfer of HIV infection from mother to child at birth, pregnancy-related deaths and other obstetric complications.

Thanks to your generosity, and that of many supporters like you, this program is scheduled to become a reality.

Read on about what TropicalClinics, Kakamega will provide...

 


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