Since the clinic opened in May 2009, a total of 107,850 births have been registered. Half of which took place in the last 24 months.
The steady increase in births is a sign of the growing public trust in our medical staff and expertise. The clinic has an excellent and growing reputation even beyond Herat and its provinces. Women come from all over the country, often traveling great distances, to be treated or to give birth at the clinic, and to date a total of 10,690 caesareans have been performed.
Official figures indicate that today the maternal mortality rate in Afghanistan is between 0.46% and 1.7% (460 to 1,700 per 100,000 live births). Internal figures show that so far the maternal mortality rate in our clinic is at a much lower 0.13%.
Since the inauguration of the clinic we have seen a steady decline of the number of mothers that die in childbirth, and we will be working hard to make sure that this figure continues to decrease in the future.
Traditionally women in Afghanistan give birth at home. This means that often women do not come for pre-birth examinations and only visit a clinic in an emergency. However, these examinations are vital in pre-empting potential complications, which may occur later on, especially as the women themselves are often unable to correctly interpret the warning signals that their body sends them. Comprehensive educational courses and counselling are essential during the whole pregnancy.
Slowly but surely local women are developing an understanding of the importance of regular check-ups. The midwives and nurses, trained at our clinic, have played a major role in facilitating this new awareness.