Only through optimal prenatal care programs and high-tech medicine (laboratory medicine, sonography, Doppler examination, intensive care and neonatology) can the complications of these pregnancy diseases be kept at bay in Western countries. By guaranteeing this medicine in industrialized countries, the public perception of these serious diseases as a threat is receding into the background. Pregnancy is no longer perceived as a potentially life-threatening condition, but as a life event.
The fact is, however, that even here in Germany most pregnancy complications can be traced back to pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes. Prematurity alone, or the sectiorate are just two examples of this.
EFVM engages in a variety of flanking maternal and child health activities. Here, too, the focus is on so-called non-metropolitan regions in Germany, as well as low-resource settings in the sub-Saharan zone.
In collaboration with the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, a study nurse program will establish a gestational diabetes registry and a preeclampsia registry. In addition, an exchange and training program for young residents in gynecology and obstetrics was established between Germany and Sierra Leone.