After the genocide of 1994 and conflict lasting to 1999 Shyira maternity hospital was derelict. Supporters of the Shyira Trust provided funding for the rebuilding of the hospital, and a new 24 bed unit was opened in April 2004. It had no midwives. The Trust paid for two local Rwandese nurses to train as midwives at university in Rwanda.
Since 2009, when the first qualified midwife started work in Shyira, there has been just one maternal death. Shyira has about 1,100 births a year. Estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank and the United Nations Population Division put the number of maternal deaths in Rwanda at 32 in 10,000 births in 2013. Shyira hospital is much better than the national average so it is hardly surprising that it has become very popular and that some overcrowding has resulted.
The Rwandan government has introduced quality standards for hospitals, that they have to comply with. This means the current Shyira maternity hospital is now only suitable for 12 beds, instead of 24, so it has halved its capacity. A new building is required to comply with standards and increase capacity to save mothers and babies lives. The time constraints on the construction of the building are quite rigid - it should be completed by next April. An architect's impression of the new building is shown below.
The Shyira Trust is a small charity managed by 6 trustees, and having a membership who pay a small membership fee annually. That fee is used to pay all costs associated with the trust's management. That means we are able to send 100% of donations we receive to Rwanda.
MyDonate deduct credit card charges from money sent on to us, but for UK tax payers they are able to reclaim gift aid equivalent to 25% of the donation."
The picture of Eugenie NIKUZE and her new-born twins along with her mother-in-law Laurence MUKANDUTIYE is used with the permission of Eugenie and Laurence.
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