Local midwives to aid women in East Timor
FLYING into a third world country with where diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and tuberculosis (TB) are a part of everyday life is no easy feat.
This is the reality for two local midwives, Lyn Brett and Emily Holmes, who will go to Timor Leste for one month from August 8 as part of a Rotary Club of Airlie Beach project.
The Proserpine Hospital midwives will be helping train midwives asso- ciated with a local hospital and free private outpatient clinic.
Ms Brett said Timor Leste had a high infant death rate of 30 to 40 deaths per 1000 births with women averaging six pregnancies over their lifetime.
“Women have a fear of pregnancy and delivering a large child as one in 44 women will die during childbirth,” she said.
Ms Brett said 75 per cent of the population lived in remote areas eating only what they grow or catch and as a result suffered from malnutrition.
The two midwives will be based at the Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili, East Timor working with Dr Dan Murphy who has run the operation since 1996.
Both midwives completed a volunteer mission to Cambodia last year and will use their experience to help the clinic in maternity and infant care, which averages 60 deliveries per month.
The Rotary Club of Airlie Beach will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser this Saturday which will feature a multi-prize raffle donated by local businesses, lucky door prize and a new mega raffle with prizes from Cruise Whitsunday, Ocean Rafting and Whitsunday Jetski Tours.