THAT NO WOMAN IS FORGOTTEN OR NEGLECTED – the Home Care Program
To ensure that each mother gets the care and attention she deserves, AMURT is implementing, CBHC, a program of Nigeria’s National Primary Healthcare Development Agency. The Community Based Home Care for Mothers and Newborns trains and supports health workers to make home visits to educate and motivate and provide basic care to pregnant woman and newborns. Through this program women are encouraged to attend regular ante-natal check-ups at the new health centers. Gradually more mothers choose to give birth safely at the health center.
MEETING THE STANDARDS OF MATERNAL HEALTH CARE
The key to reducing the number of maternal deaths is early identification of warning signs so that adequate precautions can be taken. To this end, AMURT ensure doctors regular visits to the health centers for ante-natal check-up days. Ultra-soundscreening is made available right there in the village health center, and all women are encouraged to undergo one routine scan during pregnancy.
The health centers stock all essential medications that can help save lives in emergencies related to the birth Non-inflatable Anti-shock Garments are available in each help center for use in the event of post-partum hemorrhage, the number one cause of maternal deaths in Nigeria. An ambulance is stationed in each project area foremergency referrals and AMURT keeps a special fund for emergency assistance so that women and babies will not be deprived of emergency assistance as a result of their poverty.
PRIMARY HEALTHCARE REACHING THE PEOPLE – access Saves Lives
The services available at the health centers are not limited to mothers and newborns. With regular doctor’s visits, a well stocked pharmacy, facilities for basic diagnostics, minor surgery and patient admissions, the health centers assisted by AMURT operate at a level of a small general hospital.