Admitted to the hospital, Souéba was in labour after only 26 weeks of pregnancy. She gave birth to a premature girl weighing 1000g, who was hospitalized in neonatal and kangaroo unit of the Mother and Child Centre, which receives UNICEF support for small and sick newborns. Fifteen days after birth, the newborn’s condition had deteriorated and she weighed only 700g. However, but with intensive treatment, including kangaroo mother care, the child has just reached 1000g again and her prognosis is positive.
All the family’s hope lies in the care team, and this was noted by the father, who asked to keep the newborn baby there for the time it will take. The mother has also not left the hospital, even though she lost her own mother during this time. During the hospital stay, the newborn showed signs of breathing difficulty and early neonatal infection and had to be transferred to an incubator for a period. The Neonatology Unit of the Centre, established with UNICEF Niger’s support, has received 851 new admissions in 9 months since the start of services, including 131 premature babies.
Featured photo: Souéba, a 24-year old mother with her baby girl born at 26 weeks of gestation