DEVELOPMENT OF DELIVERY AND NEONATAL DEPARTMENT IN DAR ESSALAM HOSPITAL

Project DEVELOPMENT OF DELIVERY AND NEONATAL DEPARTMENT IN DAR ESSALAM HOSPITAL
Objectives

• Improving maternal and neonate health by reducing maternal and neonatal mortality after delivery. • Enhance the capacity of the Delivery and Neonatal Department in providing good natal care.

Project Partners Dar Es Salam Hospital
Activities

Equipped the Delivery and Neonatal Department with delivery and baby lifesavings equipment which are: 1. Emergency trolleys 2. Patients trolleys 3. Flexible examination light 4. Infant warmer 5. CTG 6. Delivery beds 7. Delivery instrument sets 8. Dressing trolleys 9. Ventose 10. Stainless steel trolleys 11. Baby scale 12. Adult scale with height 13. Flowmeter O2 14. Baby cot

NO. OF BENEFICIARIES Over 1,800 beneficiaries

Locations Khan Younis, Gaza - Palestine
Period March – August 2016
Accomplishments

Equipped the Delivery and Neonatal Department with delivery and baby lifesavings equipment which are: 1. Emergency trolleys 2. Patients trolleys 3. Flexible examination light 4. Infant warmer 5. CTG 6. Delivery beds 7. Delivery instrument sets 8. Dressing trolleys 9. Ventose 10. Stainless steel trolleys 11. Baby scale 12. Adult scale with height 13. Flowmeter O2 14. Baby cot

NO. OF BENEFICIARIES

Direct beneficiaries: 1,800 (in 6 months) Indirect beneciaries: 100,000 women have increased access to better neonatal services.

BACKGROUND

The recent conøict in Gaza severely impacted on the health and wellbeing of the entire population. Large-scale population displacement, shortages of water and electricity, environmental health hazards, loss of income and many more factors increased drastically the vulnerability of the majority of the population at a time when the siege on Gaza and the financial crisis of the government had already left the system on the brink of collapse. The chronic situation of the health sector therefore is a major underlying cause for the impact of the conøict on the health system in Gaza today and unless addressed systematically a recovery of the health sector to a stronger and more resilient health system is highly unlikely. The city of Khanyounis, located in south Gaza strip is the second largest city in Gaza with an estimated population of 350,000 and is bordered by Rafah and Deir Balah. There is only one governmental hospital; Naser Hospital, where prenatal, natal and postnatal services are offered. Here, approximately 2,000 deliveries have been recorded every month which means around 65 deliveries per day. However, the antenatal service in the existing government hospital is in poor state. People complain on the lack of hygiene practices and unhealthy environment as the hospital is overcrowded most of the time and the management has failed to hire cleaning contractors. Most of the Khanyounis residents would prefer not to deliver their babies in the government hospital due to lack of quality services and poor hygiene that sometimes resulted in high postnatal mortality.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS/ ACTIVITIES

To address this issue, a local NGO namely Dar Essalam constructed a hospital in 2009 to provide better quality health service. It started as a small delivery room with only 2 beds. The delivery room was old and needed to be rehabilitated as well as better equipped for neonatal care. The hospital had a clinic of Obstetrics and Gynaecology which received more than 500 cases in a month, while the department of delivery received about 150 cases monthly. Together with Dar Essalam, MERCY Malaysia’s objective was to improve the health services oered in this hospital for people in Khanyounis particularly through women reproductive health, and to lower the neonatal mortality rate by equipping three complete sets of delivery and baby lifesaving equipment such as infant warmers, CTG, Ventose and others. Through the provision of better equipment, the hospital’s department of delivery is expected to receive up to 300 cases monthly, due to the improved facilities and services.