S.O.S Urgent Solidarity

The Construction and Equipping of a Delivery room at Remar ́s Rapha Centre for mothers and children in Kossodo, Burkina Faso.


Our desire is that the picture and the facial expressions which Keith Mallett depicts in his painting entitled “African Mother” will represent a dream that has come true;

Our Objective:

To provide access to specialized care during pregnancy, childbirth and the first post-natal month, in order to reduce the alarmingly high mortality rate amongst mothers and their babies. Project Summary:
The new Maternity Delivery Centre will have an immediate and significant impact in reducing the number of mothers and their babies who die every day as a consequence of lack of adequate means of material, environmental, and personnel. The increase in birth survivability will also have a significant positive impact in the quality of life of the community as a whole, This situation allows us to see the vulnerability of those who will be the beneficiaries, and the fragile stability of the community and families that fall apart after a mother dies.
Direct Beneficiaries
Over 1,500 pregnant women and their children who live in Kossodo or nearby and who attend Remar ́s health centre for mothers and children. This number keeps growing year on year.
Over 1,800 newly born babies belonging to the Women who are attended. The number of children provided care also continues to grow each year.
Indirect Beneficiaries
The women ́s families, the community of the surrounding neighbourhood, the local government, those women who are at risk in a difficult pregnancy, women who need urgent care at the time of giving birth, the inhabitants of the surrounding area and the whole community of Kossodo. Total: 5,800
Project Budget: Construction: 50,000€ + Equipment: 90,000€: Total: 140000.00€ 


In Burkina Faso, more than 2,000 women die annually from complications in pregnancy and childbirth. That’s almost six (6) women a day! Every four (4) hours, a woman dies in Burkina Faso from complications at childbirth. 1 Woman – 4 hours, every single day;

African women are 175 times more likely to die at childbirth than the average woman ina developed nation, mostly due to accessibility to proper medical attention. . Sub-Saharan African women have a 1:16 chance of dying during pregnancy or childbirth. This contrasts with the estimated probability of 1:2800 for women in developed regions. Of the 529,000 maternal deaths around the world in any given year, 95% of them occur in Africa and Asia.
Many women deliver their children alone or assisted by family members or other untrained attendants who lack the skills to deal with complications during childbirth. Each year almost a million women die in pregnancy or childbirth and more than 10 million children die before their fifth birthday, almost 40% during the first month of life. Almost every other child;Two thirds of these deaths could be prevented with proven and effective interventions at a cost that could and should be available today for every woman and every child. Every year an estimated 7 million deaths amongst women and children could be avoided if access to these interventions were widened and if efforts in favour of maternal, post-natal and child healthcare were integrated.

According to estimates, in the year 2000 the maternal mortality rate due to pregnancy-related complications was 400 for every 100,000 live births. The highest rate was recorded in Africa: 830 pregnancy and birth-related deaths!. Over 99% of deaths in childbirth in 2005 occurred in developing countries. Half of these occurred in sub-Saharan Africa: some 265,000. About 20% of the diseases amongst children under five are related to the poor health and nutrition of their mothers, as well as, the lack of quality of care during pregnancy and the first days of life of the newborn babies. About 8 million babies die before or after birth or in the first week of life every year.
Children who suffer the tragic loss of their mothers are 10 times more likely to die during the first two years following that loss than other children who still have their mothers. Maternal care is irreplaceable during the early years of a child.


Remar takes responsibility for the operating costs of the medical centre and delivery room (medicines, staff, electricity, water, administration, communications, transport, local staff, etc.) Besides this, the direct costs of human resources will be absorbed by the local Association: both the expenses of the full-time volunteers, who work as managers and monitors in the community homes, whose living costs are covered by Remar, and the salaries of the paid staff.
The project is located at the Remar property of KOSSODO, BURKINA FASO, is already home to children, adolescents and mothers participating in the care programme there. Kossodo is a purchased property where there are already 9 homes for children built, and a free meals centre catering for 200 low-income people in the area. There are also plans to build approximately 50 houses, each to be equipped with sanitary facilities and dormitories. Already operative, we have a day-care centre for the youngest children, a nursery school, an industrial laundry, an administrative office and a primary health centre. This centre has received government permission to treat patients, and will do so on a 24x 7 basis.
This project forms part of the NGO ́s response to the problems of young children and mothers in Burkina Faso, offering facilities for housing, care and protection, and also training for those in at-risk circumstances.
The REMAR project in Burkina Faso was recently visited by a delegation of the United Nations (UN) UNICEF program, who were very positively impressed by the effort and results there.

Specific results expected:

A better access to care, with more than 3,000 mothers being attended annually, in pregnancy, childbirth and the post-natal period. We plan to include the initiative in the mobile hospital, with a forecast of being able to help an additional 30% in this way. Mortality and its associated problems will be reduced, a key factor for the optimum development of the children, and also helping to reduce mortality amongst these infants.
We trust that the access given to the mothers to services which detect any complications, the availability of the health centre, and the specialised high-quality care given are actions that will help prevent delays in treatment, which is important in order to save the lives of the mothers and their new-born offspring.


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