Ma San Hmwe is a 33-year-old mother of one living in Baw Sa Kaing Village, NgaPuDaw Township, Ayeyarwady Region. A number of years ago, Ma San Hmwe lost her first child shortly after delivery. She did not receive any antenatal care and delivered at home. “Since then, I was afraid of having another child,” she said.
But then Ma San Hmwe attended a 3MDG-funded health education session. “I realized that not knowing how to take proper care of myself and not having my child delivered by a skilled attendant was the problem so I decided to consult with a health worker in the future,” she said. When she suffered from high blood pressure during her second pregnancy, it was detected by her midwife who tried to bring it down with anti-hypertensive drugs, but when that failed Ma San Hmwe was referred to a local hospital with the equipment to ensure a successful delivery.
3MDG funding for emergency referrals meant that she was reimbursed for her travel, food and medical expenses. “When I returned from the hospital, the midwife provided care for me and care for my baby. Without 3MDG support, I do not think that I could have delivered my baby safely and be alive right now.”
In the first six months of 2015, 6 572 pregnant woman used emergency referrals funded by 3MDG.