Chad Midwives’ Association

Here are some images, verbal and photographic, of the work of the midwives we seek to support.

7 deliveries in 6 hours

After 7 deliveries in 6 hours, the midwife cleans up - and gives us a smile. Chagoua hospital 2010. (photo: Nelly Staderini).

Marie Niobe, Head Midwife, Chagoua Hospital, Chad, writes:

“The midwife – a noble calling the world over but not recognised here [in Chad] as a profession. ..

  1. The level of training is at times poor, leading to a poor quality of care, hindering safety for mothers, babies, and staff.
  2. Constant shortages of necessary materials.
  3. The working conditions just don’t meet the recommended norms for the prevention of infection – there is only 1 delivery room with 3 beds for at least 10 – 15 deliveries every day.
  4. By day we can just manage but by night it is really difficult because of the lack of electric lighting.
  5. There is no proper drainage system for blood, fluids and fecal material so the delivery room is constantly dirtied.
  6. The unreliable electricity means that we have to sterilise instruments using bleach which quickly leads to deterioration of the few things we have managed to get hold of.

Chad midwives greet each other, 2010.

“IN SPITE OF all these difficulties, we want to thank the SBIC: for their support in updating our training to give a better quality of care; for their donations of birth kits and equipments; for their moral support, side by side with us even though they are far away; for the regular visits, and efforts to overcome technical difficulties.


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