TAMA urges stu­dents to take up mid­wifery pro­fes­sion

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Dr Se­balda Le­shabari said that jour­nal­ists should not only re­port about mid­wives who mis­be­have while pro­vid­ing ser­vice to ex­pec­tant moth­ers, but also pro­mote the pub­lic and other stake­hold­ers to work with mid­wives.

“We want to en­cour­age youths in sec­ondary schools to take sci­ence sub­jects to ven­ture into mid­wifery and beef up the short­age,” he ex­plained.

Dr Le­shabari said the In­ter­na­tional Day of Mid­wifery is an op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on the im­por­tance of work­ing with mid­wives in pro­vid­ing health ser­vice to preg­nant women.

TAMA Co­or­di­na­tor Martha Ri­moy said ex­pec­tant moth­ers and their in­fants are very im­por­tant to mid­wives. She said in health cen­tres where there is scarcity of pro­fes­sional mid­wives, one mid­wife can at­tend to a large num­ber of cases, which in­cludes help­ing the ex­pec­tant moth­ers while at­tend­ing to those at­tend­ing their clinic ap­point­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to Tan­za­nia’s lat­est de­mo­graphic and health sur­vey (2010), only 51 per cent of de­liv­er­ies are as­sisted by a trained pro­fes­sional and four mid­wives are avail­able for 10,000 pa­tients coun­try­wide. It is es­ti­mated that 536,000 women world­wide die of ma­ter­nal causes, along with 11,000,000 chil­dren un­der five, of which 4.4 mil­lion are new­borns. The ma­jor­ity of these deaths oc­cur in Sub Sa­ha­ran Africa.

Ma­ter­nal and new­born health care in Tan­za­nia faces many chal­lenges, in­clud­ing a crit­i­cal short­age of ad­e­quately skilled ma­ter­nal health ser­vice providers and con­straints around up­take of, and ac­cess to these health ser­vices due to bar­ri­ers that in­clude dis­tance to the near­est fa­cil­ity, lack of af­ford­able trans­port at the time of labour, and ob­tain­ing skilled and af­ford­able care upon ar­rival at a health fa­cil­ity.

TAMA Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Dr. Se­balda Le­shabari (left) with Les­lie Car­na­han at the Cen­ter for Re­search on Women and Gen­der of Muhim­bili Univer­sity of Health at Al­lied Sci­ences in Dar es Salaam.

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