Local health center provides more services to more people:
The World Health Organization reported in 2011 that, on average, 1,000 deaths occurred per day due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and 99% of these deaths were in developing countries, including sub-Saharan Africa. Many of these lives could be saved if mothers had access to adequate health care.
The local health clinic which opened in Agwata in 2013 is expanding to include maternal care and services. The health center is currently in the process of being registered at the national level, and was recently given verbal approval to offer maternal services including performing deliveries. However, the clinic still needs many equipment items, an incinerator and more, relative to this expanded service capability. We hope our fundraising for these items will be successful so they can be purchased or constructed by mid-year.
In addition to the maternity services expansion, the health center has been very successful overall. Agwata villagers no longer have to walk to the grueling 17km (about 10.5 miles) to the next closest facility. Patient visits have increased from 474 in June 2013 to an average of 1,100 visits per month in November, December, and January. Just last week, OU president, Carol Davis, was present to help deliver huge stockpiles of much-needed medications including antibiotics to the sub-county for use at the clinic.
The risk of a woman in a developing country dying from a pregnancy-related cause during her lifetime is about 25 times higher compared to a woman living in a developed country [WHO]. With expanded access to maternal services, our local Agwata clinic will be playing a role in reducing that risk.