Go to main content

Investing in Maternal and Child Health in Togo

Health Prevention
Togo

HI is improving health facilities for pregnant women and newborns in the maritime region of Togo. Thanks to these interventions, neonatal mortality is expected to fall by 20% by the end of 2019.

Gbede Xola Olympio holds her son Koffi Olympio, 4, as he waits his legs to be scanned at the CNAO on June 5, 2018 in Lomé, Togo.

Gbede Xola Olympio holds her son Koffi Olympio, 4, as he waits his legs to be scanned at the CNAO on June 5, 2018 in Lomé, Togo. | © X. Olleros

In Togo, the majority of pregnant women and newborn babies do not have access to appropriate healthcare during pregnancy, delivery and the early years. Sadly, the consequences can be fatal - the infant mortality rate in Togo is high, particularly in the maritime region, and 398 in 100,000[1] mothers die as a result of complications during childbirth.

Currently, many women have to travel long distances to reach the nearest health facility and find that the medication and expertise they need is not available when they get there. As a result, women are deterred from attending pre-natal appointments and opportunities to detect abnormalities and provide basic care are missed.

Funding from the French Development Agency (AFD) has allowed Humanity & Inclusion (HI) to invest in the renovation of 10 health centres in the maritime region of Togo. Pictured is the pharmaceutical storage unit at Tabligbo district hospital, where simple improvements to the security and quality of the building allow the hospital to store and prescribe all necessary medicines to support the maternity unit.

Across the 10 centres many different adaptations have been made, from increasing the number of toilets and making them accessible to people with disabilities, to increasing the number of maternity rooms from 3 to 21. The project also provides training for health centre staff to ensure that all essential maternity and early child care can be correctly provided on site.

The project is due to run until 2019, at which point HI anticipates that neonatal mortality in the Maritime region will have been reduced by 20% and maternal mortality by 25%.

Where your
support
helps

PRESS CONTACT

CANADA

Gabriel PERRIAU

USA

Mica BEVINGTON

 

Help them
concretely

To go further

 High-tech Recycling: HI re-uses donated artificial limbs to help children like Elinah
© Lumahee / HI, 2020
Prevention Rehabilitation

High-tech Recycling: HI re-uses donated artificial limbs to help children like Elinah

Volunteer orthopedic specialists in a workshop in Lyon are changing the lives of people around the world by reconditioning valuable prosthetic parts donated by amputees.

HI in Lebanon helps 10-year-old Shahid to walk again
© Photo HI
Explosive weapons Health Rehabilitation

HI in Lebanon helps 10-year-old Shahid to walk again

Shahid was seriously injured in Syria in 2011 and has been unable to walk since. Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is providing physiotherapy and splints to get her back on her feet.

 

“Families do not have enough to pay for transport to the health centre”
© Photo HI
Explosive weapons Health Rehabilitation

“Families do not have enough to pay for transport to the health centre”

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) physiotherapist Rana Abdel Al explains her work with persons with disabilities in Lebanon since 2019. Among them, many were injured during the war in Syria.