Sisters encourage Masai mothers living in remote Tanzania to turn to medically assisted deliveries

Sisters encourage Masai mothers living in remote Tanzania to turn to medically assisted deliveries

Tanzania is rated among the 20 countries with the highest maternal mortality rate, according to U.S. Central Intelligence Agency 2017 estimates. One woman dies every hour due to complications that arise during pregnancy and childbirth in Tanzania, where 2 million women give birth every year, according to World Health Organization, U.N. Population Fund, and Tanzania health data.

The Sisters of Notre Dame, along with support from the church have built several hospitals in the region in an effort to change the high incidence of maternal and infant mortality at childbirth in the Masai community.

pictured here, Sr. Rashmi Mattappally SND plays with a child while taking his weight at a local dispensary in Loiborsiret village in northern Tanzania.

To read the full article from the Global Sisters Report, please click here.