The project has now refined its focus to support maternal and neonatal health on the main island of Tarawa, as well as on the remote Southern Gilbert Islands. Our aim is to reduce the high rates of illness and death among mothers and newborn babies. Our team works with local health care staff to improve the management of non-communicable diseases during pregnancy, particularly diabetes, and provide training and clinical support during labor and delivery. We also train midwives, nurses, and doctors in the universal Helping Babies Breathe program, which focuses on enhancing neonatal resuscitation and newborn care skills.
In addition, MSF is helping to upgrade the infrastructure at Tabiteuea North hospital. When possible, we implement a sustainable approach for example, by using renewable energy and improving water supply and waste management.