Lo­cal mid­wives to aid women in East Ti­mor

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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