A new health campaign called “Health for Pregnant Women” has been launched in January. The campaign aims to detect and treat diseases for pregnant mothers. It will help preventing the transmission of diseases to the unborn babies taking into account the health and safety of both lives.
The campaign also aims to detect dangerous diseases which may affect pregnant women and fetus negatively. These diseases are; Syphilis and Hepatitis C. As a matter of fact, Syphilis can be transmitted from the pregnant mother to the fetus which could lead to raising the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or death of the child after he or she is newly born. Unfortunately, the mother might be unaware of being infected with syphilis since it does not show any symptoms. In addition to Virus B which can lead to bleeding in the last trimester or premature birth.
“When the woman reaches the fifth month of pregnancy, they could discover if there are any diseases in the fetus and that’s what the campaign is working on”said Dr. Ahlam Hanafi, member of the National Council for Women and Rapporteur of the Health Committee . She also added: “The mother and child health affects the health of all next generations so, the campaign works on spreading awareness on how the mother could take care of herself during pregnancy and have a healthy lifestyle”.
According to Unicef, Egypt went through remarkable achievement to improve the child and maternal survival. As in 2014, statistics showed that there are 90% of mothers underwent checkups during pregnancy also, 83% of mothers made antenatal care on a regular basis. Moreover, the Ministry of Finance acknowledged early this month that the Egyptian government had spent a lot of money on health and education reaching 82% in the latest 5 years. As the expenditure reaches 210 billion L.E in 2019 compared to 115 billion in 2014.
However, there are great differences between urban and rural upper Egypt in the mortality rate. In fact, according to “Egyptian Street”: “The under-5 mortality rate ranged between 42 deaths per 1,000 live births in rural upper Egypt compared to 20 deaths per 1,000 live births in urban areas”.
Each Year women die as a result of pregnancy and childbirth, the majority of these deaths could be prevented. If women are provided with the needed awareness it could make a difference. They could have a healthy lifestyle and how they could eat well and drink safe water. Nevertheless, Improving maternal health is important as the more we care about maternal health, the more we can increase the chances of saving the lives of more than half-million women in Egypt.
So, let’s start the campaign !!