Maternal & Child Health
FAME launched a Maternal & Newborn Health program in late 2014. FAME also started a prenatal program, family planning services & an under-five vaccination program – all offered through our Reproductive & Child Health (RCH) Clinic. With a culture of patient-centered care & life-long learning, FAME recruited overseas specialist volunteers & partnered with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center to roll out basic training in emergency obstetrics.
At the same time, it was essential to raise awareness in our community about these new services, the complications of pregnancy, & the benefits of a facility-based delivery. In 2015, FAME began building a network of Traditional Birth Attendants & dispensaries throughout the Karatu & Ngorongoro districts. These variables, combined with the resources needed to handle obstetrical emergencies, have contributed to the rapid growth of our maternal, prenatal & reproductive health services.
Today, FAME offers comprehensive Maternal & Child Health services & serves as a referral destination for high-risk pregnancies. In 2017, the FAME team delivered 658 babies – a 53 percent increase from 2016. Our medical team continues to participate in ongoing courses in Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO), Structured Operatives in Obstetrics (SOO), Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) & Advanced Nursing in Obstetrics. With a grade of 10/10 from the Regional Blood Bank (RBB) in Moshi, the FAME laboratory is able to procure blood from the RBB and to collect, screen, cross-match & deliver blood in emergency situations.
In early 2019, FAME will open a 24-bed Maternity Center & Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, operating room, & 4 delivery rooms. With 26 percent of women delivering at FAME now coming from outside our district, FAME seeks to broaden its reach while maintaining a high standard of care across departments.
In 2017, we had 801 prenatal program enrollees, a significant increase from 433 enrollees in 2016. About 60% of women delivering their babies at FAME participate in the prenatal program.