WHERE WE WORK
WHERE WE WORK
Vulnerable communities in sub-Saharan Africa face some of the most dire healthcare realities in the world. The region leads the world in rates of child death, HIV infections, and Malaria (WHO). Two-thirds of all maternal deaths in the world occur in sub-Saharan Africa (WHO). The region is also the most dangerous place for a new baby to enter the world—8 of the 10 countries with the highest newborn mortality rates are in sub-Saharan Africa (UNICEF).
According to UNICEF, 80% of newborn deaths are preventable. Similarly, the World Bank estimates that 74% of maternal deaths are preventable if health workers have access to the knowledge and tools they need. Four of the top clinic-based delivery complications in resource-limited settings are infection, sepsis, hemorrhage and asphyxia. These morbidities are preventable and/or readily treatable through evidence-based practices (EBPs) such as hand washing and equipment sterilization, proper estimation of blood loss, placental assessment and infant CPR.
Despite the fact that the supplies and equipment needed to adhere to these key EBPs are inexpensive and generally available, utilization of these EBPs at health facilities in low-resource settings across sub-Saharan Africa is generally limited. This is largely due to a lack of knowledge and skills among healthcare providers. Although training programs on EBPs exist, there is little driving their long-term adoption and adherence in clinical settings.
LifeNet’s innovative interventions directly address these challenges and improve maternal and infant care at these health facilities with cost-effective maternal and infant health training, which also includes a corresponding supply of related equipment. By equipping behavior change and ensuring adherence to EBPs, LifeNet interventions have a significant impact on the leading causes of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. In 2021 alone, LifeNet partner health facilities saved the lives of 2,789 mothers and newborns at birth, by implementing proper protocols for postpartum hemorrhage and birth asphyxia.
IN THE US
PO Box 21457
2300 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
+1 (202) 480-9002
26 Avenue Ngendandumwe
Lifenet International Uganda
Princes Anne Drive, Plot 56 Bugolobi Kampala Uganda
Off Presidential Highway,
Plot Number 116, Area 14
Lifenet International Kenya
Lenana Road, Nairobi Kenya
30 Spiess Loop, McCarthy Hill
We were chosen as one of 25 high impact healthcare delivery solutions for the
2015 Social Innovation in Health Initiative, in partnership with the World Health Organization.