The Aydafer Health Post will provide life-saving primary medical care to a rural community of 8,000 people.
Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death in women aged 15 to 39 in Ethiopia. Most of these maternal deaths are preventable with access to high quality care in pregnancy, and during and after childbirth. At the forefront of this work are Ethiopia’s female Health Extension Workers (HEW’s), who are providing primary health care to rural communities via Health Posts.
HEW’s role with mothers and babies is essential and involves providing: antenatal and postnatal care, often via home visits; contraceptives; vaccinations; malnutrition treatment; and hygiene education. They also provide disease prevention and control, focusing on HIV, malaria and TB; first-aid and referrals.
Aydafer is a rapidly growing township 30km from Lalibela. There is currently no nearby access to health care. In 2020 we will begin construction of the Aydafer Health Post, a new clinic that will make a lasting impact on the long-term health of this community.