Benin has an estimated population of 8 million inhabitants. Approximately 59 percent of the population lives in rural areas of the country. The life expectancy at birth for women is 55 years and for men it’s 54 years.
Three quarters of all maternal deaths occur during delivery and the immediate post-partum period. In Benin, disparities in access to skilled health care exist between urban and rural areas; 66 percent of births in the country occur in rural areas where women have less access to skilled care. In 2010, one out of every 53 women is expected to die during delivery.
WAHA INTERNATIONAL IN BENIN
WAHA International and the University Teaching Hospital in Cotonou are preparing a partnership to start a training program for surgeons and gynecologists in fistula repair techniques and to provide an integrated fistula treatment service within the hospital. Furthermore, following the first Conference of Midwives from Central and Western Africa in May 2010, WAHA International has agreed assist in the development and conduction of a survey on the use of the partogram as a tool for midwives to monitor labour in different French speaking African countries. In addition, WAHA International will cooperate with the National Midwife Association of Benin to promote catheterization as a treatment for fistula repair in Benin.
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