We would like to highlight one of our projects that focuses on providing comprehensive prenatal care and specifically, ultrasound screenings for expecting mothers. This project is currently being conducted at Unite de Lutte pour la Sante (ULS) Health Center and Serving Sante (SS) with the plan to expand to more hospitals and health centers.
The overall purpose of this project is to strengthen maternal care and outcomes. In both cases, the medical directors at the facilities identified the need for support. At ULS Health Center, this is one component of a maternal and child health project funded by a grant from SG Foundation. The project covers comprehensive prenatal care services, including ultrasound screening for pregnant women. On the other hand, SS had been offering prenatal ultrasounds as part of routine care until a part of their machine malfunctioned last year. The equipment was made in China and they were unable to find the replacement parts. Dr. Nelly Osias, the medical director of SS, approached Konbit Sante for assistance to obtain a new machine.
The ultrasound machines are donated by Humanitarian Radiology Development Corp, a non-profit organization that is led by our collaborator, Dr. Berndt Schmit. The organization donates equipment and provides training and tools for the users.
The machines and screenings conducted by them, have been able to help make births safer for women and their newborn children. Data from ULS Health Center indicates they were able to conduct sixty scans from December 2020 to April 2021, and only seven of those pregnancies had fetal complications and required special health treatment.
Our programs team, on the ground, is working alongside our healthcare partners and collaborators to strengthen this project. We are hopeful that this project will improve and facilitate better health outcomes for pregnant women.