The DCMC Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) Clinic, opened in 2008, is known for delivering compassionate care in a clean, well-staffed facility. DCMC is committed to helping reduce the country’s grim statistics on maternal and child mortality and morbidity: maternal deaths, 13,000; neonatal deaths, 45,000; and deaths among children under age five, 157,000. Tanzania’s ongoing challenges to reduce mother/child mortality are: lack of infrastructure, poverty, disease and a shortage of qualified medical staff and services.
The RCH Clinic* Services Include:
- Maternal and perinatal care, including antenatal care, delivery, emergency obstetric care, and newborn and postpartum care
- Diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS, including mother to child transmission (PMTCT)
- Family planning
- Gynecologist and pediatric consultations
- Immunizations and well checks for children under age 5
- Management of childhood diseases
- Nutrition counseling for both expectant mothers and children
* The RCH Clinic was recently expanded to provide a delivery ward, birthing room, neonatal nursery and a full surgery facility for more complicated birth procedures.
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- Managed more than 1,000 pre-and post-natal patient visits
- Provided a safe, clean environment for more than 100 deliveries
- Tested 445 pregnant women for HIV; 5 began prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) (January 2011-May 2012)
- Cared for more than 5,000 children below age 5 who attended the RCH Clinic for growth monitoring and immunizations in the last 2 years
- Provided family planning services for more than 800 patients