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Maternity clinic in Tanzania: A safe space for pregnant women

A life in health and dignity begins with a safe birth. In Tanzania we support pregnant woman from Burundi and Tanzanian communities with obstetrics and professional medical care.

Tanzania: Complications during birth are a common cause of death

Giving birth is always a challenge. Labour pains can last for many hours and cause immense pain for women. The cervix can remain closed. The position of the child may not be suitable for a natural birth. Unstoppable bleeding can endanger the mother's life. There are many different reasons that make professional obstetric care essential for the survival of women and their newborns. In 2018, 44,000 newborns died in Tanzania due to complications during birth or shortly thereafter.

Professional obstetrics can save the lives of pregnant women and their children 

At our maternity clinic in the Mtendeli refugee camp the Red Cross supports pregnant woman with obstetrics and medical treatments. In a professional delivery room midwives assist the women during birth. If necessary, surgeons perform a caesarean section in the professionally equipped operating room.

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Visit our maternity clinic: Evaline from Burundi gave birth to her twins and Regine’s baby was born by caesarean section. Have a look and get to know them!

With their work the maternity clinic wants to contribute to a respectful interaction between Tanzanian mothers-to-be and pregnant refugee woman.

The Malteser International Maternity Hospital in Mtendeli Refugee Camp, Tanzania: The Malteser International Maternity Hospital offers pregnant women a safe place for giving birth. Photo: Nyokabi Kahura/Malteser International

Most of the pregnant women who visit the maternity clinic are Burundian refugees who came to Tanzania after years of violence in their home country. Their hope for a safe future made them give up everything they owned.

"Our maternity clinic welcomes all women in the area and provides them with complimentary treatments," emphasizes Anne Hild, Tanzania Advisor at Malteser International. "Every single life of every woman and newborn counts. We also want to contribute to a solidary interaction between the women of different origins. The shared experience of giving birth under one roof and supporting each other during the first days after giving birth has already strengthened the cohesion of many woman".

Oktober 2019, Susanna Cho

+++ A new life is the greatest gift. Help pregnant women to give birth to their children! +++
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