Prenatal protection accessible for every mother!

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The Republic of Macedonia supports the following of the world’s trends related to improvement of the health of mothers and children. Still, there are several barriers which limit the mothers and the children in the equal access to the services for prenatal and postpartum protection.

 

The definition of prenatal protection states: “The prenatal protection is a package of preventive measures aimed to realize regular checkups, which will allow the doctors and the midwives to treat or act preventively and prevent potential health problems during pregnancy, while promoting healthy lifestyles which will be of use to the mother and the baby.

The possibility of the availability of the routine prenatal check-ups is globally known as a measure for reducing maternal mortality, spontaneous abortions, fetal malformations, low birth weight in newborns, as well as other health problems”.

The Republic of Macedonia supports the following of the world’s trends related to improvement of the health of mothers and children. Still, there are several barriers which limit the mothers and the children in the equal access to the services for prenatal and postpartum protection.

For example, the state made sure that the package of necessary and mandatory checkups during the prenatal period was implemented.

Thanks to the institution personal gynaecologist, the state made these services free. But, are they really free? Do the women, future mothers, know about these free services? How aware are we that these checkups are important for every mother and every fetus which develops in her womb?

The testimonies of the women we met in Kriva Palanka, Kocani, Stip, Kumanovo and Bitola tell a different story. The women say that they pay for an echo, but also for the services they need to do on a secondary and tertiary level, such as laboratory analysis, detailed analysis for a proper growth of the fetus, etc. The women don’t know their rights, which is a barrier which needs to be removed so that all of the mothers have access to the prenatal care.

Through the practical realization of the right for prenatal protection, there is a room for consideration about the improvement of the situation with infant mortality in Macedonia, which, according to the statistics in 2011, was 7.5 deaths for every 1000 live births.

Another disturbing thing is the reality that the number of infants with low birth weight in 2011 was nearly 1,700 newborns.

A quality and available prenatal care will allow this number to be reduced, and with this the hospital costs will reduce, which are higher in situations when a baby with low birth weight needs to be accommodated (incubator, a hospital stay of several days, therapy) and other services used to save a new life.

Therefore, the National Roma Centrum team, through our newsletter ONE, set the task to advocate in the institutions and the interested citizens of the Republic of Macedonia in order to initiate actions that will provide more opportunity for the mothers to have safe pregnancies and provide healthy offspring.

“From increased voice to the improved health care access” calls and appeals to you to join our mutual goal. Let’s give an opportunity to the women, regardless of their nationality and religion, to have a safe pregnancy and to give birth to healthy babies.

ONE healthcare for all!

One FLOWER for all!

 

Sebihana Skenderovska

Project coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

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