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"The gift of life." Medical care for women and mothers with children with a special attention to perinatal care for mothers with AIDS and coming from the risk group around Bugisi Mission - Tanzania, II edition.

The project was implemented between 1 July and 31 December 2011 in Bugisi (region Shinyanga) in Tanzania, and counted with participation of one volunteer who stayed there from 1 July to 31 December 2011. The coordinator of the project was the Society of African Missions, Charity and Voluntary Centre "SOLIDARNI", and the local partner was the Bugisi Mission (SAM Tanzania), OLA Sisters, and the Bugisi Dispensary.

The project aimed at providing perinatal care for female residents of the Busigi Mission and the newborns, performing screening tests and educating pregnant women.

During the project, the volunteer worked in the Health Centre in Bugisi, where three times a week she performed 24-h on-call shifts. She attended patients in the walk-in clinic and took care of hospitalised patients.

Being a fully qualified midwife, the volunteer received numerous births, including those with medical complications, she also conducted 591 obstetric ultrasound examinations. She examined mothers, and tested and vaccinated newborns (482 vaccinated children in total).

Together with a local nurse, the volunteer visited 4 villages (Mwanono, Mwamalulu, Bukumbi and Chembeli), whose residents were not able to come to the clinic because of the distance. She visited the villages 4 times. She offered medical care and vaccinated a total of 89 children.

Another activity was a 5-hour long course of antenatal classes, attended by 235 local women.

As a result, the women’s approach to giving birth with medical assistance improved noticeably, more women started coming to the clinic.