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Improve lifesaving healthcare for newborns in Bukavu, DRC

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Our goal
Equip 12 community health centers in South Kivu to provide newborn resuscitation and other essential delivery care
The Challenge

In May 2016, LifeNet began working with 12 locally-run health facilities in the South Kivu province of the DRC, an extremely undeveloped area with some of the highest maternal mortality, child mortality, and malnutrition rates in the world. Here, over 14%of babies die before their fifth birthday. The odds of a 16-year-old girl dying early from pregnancy-related complications is 1/24. 

The small community facilities where LN works provide care for roughly 130,000 patient visits and 4,800 newborn deliveries per year. Of the 4,800 babies they deliver every year, 600 suffer complications during or immediately after birth. 

The facilities and their staffs, however, are extremely undertrained and underequipped to provide care for their communities. Roughly 1 in 10 newborns needs help breathing after birth, yet none of these facilities have the simple equipment or training to assist. Your support will equip and empower nurses and midwives at these 12 community facilities with training to provide high-quality care and lifesaving assistance to newborn babies, and especially those needing emergency resuscitation interventions. 

Please consider supporting this life-saving work through a matched donation. Johnson & Johnson will match your donation of up to $250! When we reach our project goal, another donor has promised to match the entire amount. Your donations of $100 or $250, therefore, will be tripled to $300 and $750, respectively! 

Photo: A toddler and her young mother on a hospital bed in South Kivu

LifeNet Training

LifeNet’s local Congolese medical expert Saidi Kashindi and his team are working with these facilities to equip and empower them to provide high-quality maternal and newborn care to mothers and babies in their communities. After training the nurses in other basic medical practices since May, they are now ready to receive training on proper delivery care and techniques for responding to common complications, including newborn CPR with accompanying baby resuscitation AMBUs (see picture below).     

Training Overview Description Cost Summary
Safe Baby Part 1

-Newborn health evaluation: identifying needs

-Infant Resuscitation

-Ventilations & Compressions Technique

-Oxygenation, Transfers

Training at 12 facilities: $3,100
Safe Baby Part 2 Lesson 1, review, and applied practice on mannequins with LN trainer support Training at 12 facilities: $3,100
Equipment Distribution 12 Baby AMBUS $335
    TOTAL: $6,536

Above Photo: LifeNet conducting Safe Baby Part II: Newborn Resuscitation in Burundi 

Below Below: A typical South Kivu health center delivery bed/room

Lives Saved

Simply put, these trainings will save the lives of babies delivered at these local health centers. One partner facility in Burundi, where LN delivered the same training, reported saving 7 babies in a single month using LN-taught best practices. These babies would have otherwise died or suffered from lifelong issues from brain damage or other aftereffects of breathing issues. LifeNet training will equip and empower local nurses and midwives at these 12 facilities with training on the evidence-based practices that have been proven to save lives in low-resource contexts, where 50% of child deaths are preventable through basic medical interventions.  

On behalf of LifeNet, the nursing & midwife staff at our partner facilities, and the thousands of mothers & babies who will benefit from your gift, thank you. 

Photo: DRC Nurse Trainer and Program Coordinator a South Kivu community health center manager

Did you know? The world’s deadliest conflict since WWII began in and raged across South Kivu through the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st. The province is still suffering from the conflict and the presence of Rwandan, Ugandan, and Congolese militias that fled to South Kivu after committing mass atrocities and genocide. In addition to these violent groups, the 5.8 million people in the province suffer from a severe lack of development, corruption, and exploitation of their rich natural resources.

In this context, lack of access to quality healthcare impedes and prevents efforts by the people in South Kivu to take control of their economy and improve their ability to live healthy, whole lives.

Thank you for donating to transform healthcare where it is needed most. 

 

 

 

 

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