MaterCare’s mission is to serve the "Culture of Life" where it is most at risk – those crisis areas and hotspots where mothers and their children, born and unborn, are neglected or abandoned outright.
MaterCare USA would like to thank all of our supporters for making the purchase of the two motorcycle ambulances possible. The motorcycle maternity ambulances, funded and purchased by MaterCare USA, are essential for reaching remote areas to access mothers in need of care.
"These vehicles are much cheaper to operate and maintain than the 4X4 ambulance but are only for short haul pickups from villages relatively close to the main hospital. They are specially designed motorcycles for the transport of pregnant women. One will be brought to Merti, and the other will stay near Isiolo. We hope to purchase more in the future when funds become available," remarked Simon Walley, Project Manager for MaterCare International.
Current Appeal: MaterCare USA is currently fundraising for manyattas (small hut-like buildings) for the St. John Paul II Hospital in Isiolo, Kenya. These structures will house women who are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy who need to be relocated nearer to the hospital to receive immediate medical attention in the event of an emergency.
The estimated cost for these structures is $15,000 per building. Consider donating to MaterCare USA to help us ensure these women get the care they so urgently need. Read more >>
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Latest News: Complicated pregnancy ends well at MaterCare's Project Isiolo hospital, St. John Paul II
Issued December 10, 2014:
Isiolo, Kenya- A woman, aged 25 years from Merti (a village 225kms from the hospital) para 0+3 gravida came to the MaterCare maternity hospital on March26th, 2014, with a difficult obstetric history of two miscarriages at six (6) and eight (8) weeks consecutively and other complaints. She was diagnosed with previous pelvic infections and severe anaemia in pregnancy and for which she was treated.
On the 7th of May, she came for review and the clinician requested an ultrasound which confirmed the presence of a twin pregnancy at twenty (20) weeks. An haemoglobin done at this time done was 4.8gm/dl. She was given a blood transfusion of two (2) units (pints) of blood.
She was seen again on October 12th, again with severe anaemia and was transfused a second time. She got well and was discharged home on the 16th and advised to be on total bed rest and was put on iron and vitamin supplements.
On November 8th at 3:00PM, the mother came again to the hospital complaining of lower abdominal pains. She was re-admitted and tests revealed her haemoglobin to be HB of 6.9g/dl, 2 units of blood were transfused again and another 1 unit of blood was kept ready since she was at high-risk due to her obsetric history, multiply pregnancies and anaemia and the possibility of post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) after birth.
A caesarean section was performed on November 9th at 10:00AM. She was delivered a live healthy female infant and live healthy male infant, weighing 1800g (3.97lbs) and 1890g (4.17lbs) respectively. Post-operatively, the mother was closely monitored, but she made an uncomplicated and full recovery. The babies were breastfed and have continued to thrive.
-Case report from #ProjectIsiolo, Saint John Paul II Maternity Hospital, Isiolo.
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