Food Packs – Senegal
Senegal has a population estimated at 14,354,690 inhabitants. According to the 2015 Situation Analysis of Senegal Population report, half of the population is under 18 years of age.
In addition, the maternal mortality ratio went from 510 to 392 deaths per 100,000 0000 live births between 1992 (DHS, Demographic Health Survey) and 2015 (WHO); however, there is a rate of four women continuing to die every day from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. This equates to a 1 in 46 chance of dying during pregnancy, compared to 1 in 43,000 in developed countries.
Obstetric Fistula mainly affects the most vulnerable and poorest women in society, living in isolated areas far from any medical service. This condition, along with the medical problems it poses, constitutes intense social trauma for the victims who are rejected and stigmatized by their families and communities.
Muslim Aid USA is working on establishing a specialized Obstetric Fistula surgical center to ensure that Senegalese women receive the treatment they need, without getting bumped by larger hospitals. With more surgeons trained, simulation software distributed, and a dedicated surgical center, we will be able to reduce Obstetric Fistula cases and Sengalese mothers with complex births will be able to have safe deliveries.
This project consists of two main phases.
- Host training for surgeons on obstetric fistula in Dakar, Senegal.
- Increase the numbers of doctors trained in the surgical procedures to properly repair obstetric fistula.
- Train on simulation software to reduce risk of bad surgical procedures being performed on women.
- Distribute the surgical simulation software to doctors throughout West Africa.
- Establish and equip an obstetric fistula training center in Dakar, Senegal.
- Equip the operating theater, sterilization rooms, recovery rooms, and training rooms with the necessary equipment of a world-class surgical center at Aristide Mensah of Yeumbeul Center.