WAHA International continues to combat the high rates of maternal mortality and pregnancy related complications in N’djamena, Chad.

Medical training and facility renovations have helped establish a sophisticated 30-bed fistula ward at the Center for Reproductive Health and Fistula Repair. This year we are working to double the number of beds and expand activities in the maternal health department. Ongoing awareness campaigns and the deployment of 26 motorcycle ambulances are further increasing access to maternal healthcare.

With close to 1,100 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, Chad suffers from one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. An estimated 1 in 15 women will die during pregnancy, and many more will develop obstetric fistula. Referral systems are weak and most women lack education on maternal health issues, leading to the widespread belief that fistula is untreatable.

Before WAHA’s fistula campaign, the Center for Reproductive Health and Fistula Repair was operating well below its potential capacity and therefore unable to treat complex fistula cases. But since 2011, WAHA has partnered with The Fistula Foundation to improve the center’s maternal health sector and provide quality care.

Dr. Nessy Basimike is leading a team of doctors, midwives, and anesthetists to support fistula treatment training and to reduce the backlog of fistula cases. Previously, Professor Serigne Gueyecarried out fistula treatment camps at the health center. 275 women have already undergone fistula treatment.

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