Better chances for mother and child
Each year, about 450 children are born in the KIUMA Hospital in Tanzania. The hospital, which was built with wortundtat funds, is the only reachable medical facility within a distance of circa 70 kilometres, which can help women should complications arise during pregnancy or birth. Today, medical staff is able to help in many critical situations, which only 20 years ago would have meant the death for mother and/or child.
South with a lot of catching up to do
Homebirths in the remote Tunduru District in Tanzania’s South are still an everyday occurrence. Women only need a doctor in case of problematic developments. However, villages rarely have medical facilities and a public hospital is difficult to find within a distance of 70 kilometres. The mortality rate among newborns and their mothers in the Tunduru District is still significantly higher than in the rest of Tanzania, where it is already very high.
KIUMA fills the gap
Hence, the hospital, which was opened in 2002, is true blessing for the population of the region. The medical standards, compared to the rest of the country, make the facility, which is both appropriate for in- as well as outpatients, a valuable point of call for over 100,000 people. Since 2007, a nursing school is also attached to the hospital. Its presence makes a small contribution to ease the country-wide shortage of nursing staff.
The hospital puts special emphasis on ‘Gynaecology and Midwifery’, which has its own ward and has been modernised both with regard to professional qualifications and equipment since 2016. Since then parallel to renovation work been carried out, specialists have received intensive further training in theory as well as surgical and clinical practice. And the nurses too, the majority of whom have graduated from the KIUMA Nursing School, as well as the in-house midwives are going in for more specialist training.