Developing Maternal Health Care Systems
Low standards of the health care system is the major cause of maternal mortality. Improving the health systems involves training the health providers on emergency obstetric care. The medical centers should be equipped with surgical supplies and equipment. It is only then that they will be able to handle emergencies.
Training more health providers will also increase access even to the remote areas. No matter the cost of developing health care, countries must invest to help save the lives lost.
Ensure access to maternal health systems.
Lack of access to health care most so among the women in the rural areas has put them at risks of death during and after delivery. This is because they lack the qualified medical practitioners to help them out. The cost of health care is too much for them neither can they get to the facilities.
It is a waste of resources improving the facilities when those who should benefit cannot. The other complimentary facilities should be developed hand in hand with health systems.
Taking care of the health providers.
Several people do not think it is right for money to be a motivation to health providers. In reality, most of them consider good payment as a motivation. The payment can be used as a motivation to get many professionals, hence helping solve the deficit.
The other problem that the health sector faces is a brain drain. Qualified professionals are prone to moving to developed countries in search of better wages and working conditions. In order to address the issue on brain drain, the health providers should be paid well.
Provide proper nutrition
Good nutrition plays a big role in reducing maternal mortality. There are several problems associated with poor nutrition like, wasting, micronutrients deficiencies, stunted fetal growth, and sub-optimal breastfeeding, which can be solved by providing proper nutrition.
Micronutrients deficiencies on vital elements like iron, zinc and iodine and vitamin A will lead to several women suffering from diseases associated with their lack. Severe maternal anemia leads to increased shock effects which can lead to heart attack and death.
Malnutrition also increases mortality rate through increased susceptibility to infectious diseases and increasing the duration and severity of diseases. Poor sanitation and hygiene cause diseases by increasing pathogens in the environment which is passed to a human when they ingest the contaminated water and food.
Using the services of the private sector
The fight against maternal mortality can be helped by working with the private sector. Having a laid down structure on how the private sector can help is vital on how they will engage with the pregnant women. Providing family planning is one of the services the private sector can provide to help reduce maternal mortality.