Supporting the use of a 4WD Maternity Ambulance in Remexio, Aileu District
This Maternity Ambulance is used to transport pregnant and labouring women to the Skilled Birth Attendant for labour and birth in Remexio, Aileu District of Timor Lesté. The Maternity Ambulance helps to reduce the very high Maternal and Neonatal Mortality rates present in Timor Lesté, by increasing the number of woman able to have a Skilled Birth Attendant at their birth. It also transports them home after a safe birth, and also transports women to a hospital if further intervention is required.
In 2010 we provided a 4WD Maternity Ambulance to Remexio in Aileu District so that pregnant and labouring women can have a trained midwife at their birth. We continue to fund the salary for the driver for the Maternity Ambulance.
Providing equipment (BP & stethoscopes, fetal dopplers, portable ultrasound machines), education and teaching resources for midwives, to assist them in provision of safe care during pregnancy, labour and birth – (add attached photo of midwives with equipment)
We have provided many other resources like dopplers to listen to the fetal heart; blood pressure machines; an ultrasound machine for use in pregnancy and manikins for use with teaching midwives.
Other equipment provided includes ultrasounds and mannequins for newborn resuscitation training and larger ones to teach about birth..
(for new mums that don’t have necessary items for their babies) – replace the existing photo with the new attached photo of midwife with new mum and maternity kit)
Approximately US$3,000-4,000 are donated each year and items purchased and assembled in Timor Lesté, to give Mums and their new babies items they will need at the time of birth. These are donated to a Maternity Clinic in Dili and also Remexio.
Midwives East Timor Australia is a non-profit organization that aims to support midwives in East Timor with education, resources and equipment so that maternal and neonatal outcomes can be improved in East Timor. Each year, we have visited East Timor since 2005, and the length of the visit has been from 1-3 months. We also partner with non-government organisations that are working with the Timorese Ministry of Health to capacity-build the Timorese Midwives and reduce both the Maternal & Neonatal Mortality rates.