African women are a staggering 100 times more likely to die during childbirth than women anywhere else in the world. Fifty percent of all maternal deaths in the world happen in Africa. Tanzania is no exception to these statistics. Working with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Mission and Service partner the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre of the Christian Council of Tanzania is offering midwifery training to women from remote communities in Tanzania. Sometimes these women are the only trained health care workers accessible to local communities because hospitals and medical clinics are often far away and transportation is limited. With the full-hearted support of United Church Women, the centre has held four maternal health care courses, training 20–24 women each time. The six-day curriculum covers birthing techniques, nutrition, emergency first aid, and CPR. It is supplemented by four additional days of other skills training in such areas as batik, soap-making, and business. Midwives hold an important position in communities. While some women prefer to deliver in their home, others have no choice. Hospitals and clinics are far enough away that it may not be possible for a woman in labour to get there. And while the midwives are trained to recognize problems that might affect the health of baby and mother, referring complicated cases to hospitals is not always possible. The program provides the women with the skills they need and some basic equipment to deal with those challenges. In partnership, your gifts for Mission and Service are helping to save babies and mothers in Tanzania. Please continue to give generously.
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