DUMBETA DISPENSARY LABOR/MATERNITY WARD
In 2019, 69 infants were born at Dumbeta Dispensary. This number is expected to increase now that the dispensary medical staff live on the grounds and are available to attend births at any time. Currently there is no dedicated room for laboring or post-partum mothers. Women give birth in exam rooms, often at the same time other patients are being seen. Due to a lack of beds mothers and infants are sent home within an hour or two of birth. The World Health Organization recommends that mothers and infants be observed for at least 24 hours after delivery. This practice has been shown to reduce postpartum and neonatal complications and death. The Rafiki Village Project plans to build a labor/maternity ward adjacent to the existing dispensary which would have a labor room, a post-partum observation room with infant warmers, and a nurse’s station/office.
STATUS: PROJECTED GROUNDBREAKING: LATE 2020 OR EARLY 2021
PROJECTED COST: $23,827