Stop Mothers Dying!
The Problem: About 300,000 women and many more children worldwide die each year in pregnancy and childbirth – 90% in the deprived developing world, especially SE Asia and Africa.
Most of these deaths could be prevented through faster access to medical help, and improved local medical knowledge and practices.
The Causes: When problems occur, a high proportion of lives are lost through the 3 delays:
- delay in recognising danger in the community,
- delays in transport to medical centres and
- even when at hospital, delay in accessing medical staff trained in maternal best practices
The Solution: Collaborative action is needed to deal with the problem at all levels: liaising with government, training health workers at community level, recognition of the need for rapid access to medical help, and training health professionals in modern maternal lifesaving techniques. ‘Calmed’ addresses all these issues by working with Rotary to send high quality medical teams to share their skills with their local peers, who in turn cascade them right down to village level, continuing long after the team departs.
Does it Work? The Evidence Based Calmed programme and subsequent evaluation ensures sustainable quality. Sikkim (our first visit) has shown an encouraging fall in maternal death rates in the year following the introduction of the Calmed model.
Evolution of the Programme: The ‘hands on’ training model allows continued modification and development as new techniques are found to be effective. Our continued visits are starting to incorporate local trainers from previous visits, helping sustainability and the spread of the Calmed model.
See LATEST Post:
May 2017: See Calmed Concept & Strategy – Resources Page
Apr 2017: See Calmed at RI Convention in Atlanta: Details on our Resources page
Mar 2017: Calmed Visits to India February 2017
June 2016 Report on Himansu’s attendance at RI Convention, Seoul
May 2016. See Himansu’s report on the successful 2016 revisit to Sikkim and other India Calmed news at ‘Papers & Resources’
29 May – 2 June 2016. Are you going to the RI Convention Seoul? Please join us at the Calmed Booth (2609) and Workshops to learn more of our work. See ‘Latest News’.
April 2016: PDG Himansu Basu received his Rotary Champion of Change award at the House of Commons – see Latest News
March 2016: PDG Dr Himansu Basu and his VTT team have just returned from India after carrying out the follow-up visits to the VTT1 and VTT2 destinations, to check on progress since the initial visits and repeat / refresh training of local medical colleagues. See BLOG reports of their progress.