The Solomon Islands

The National Referral Hospital (NRH) in the nation’s capital city, Honiara, serves most of the country’s high risk pregnancies and deliveries due to under resourced hospitals across the island’s regional areas.

Yet a study undertaken by the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health found emergency trolleys were not supplied to manage obstetric complications with equipment often borrowed from other wards.

In April 2012, a fifth of all deliveries at the NRH experienced some sort of complication but management of the deliveries were unnecessarily delayed or denied because of a lack of proper emergency obstetric kits. Send Hope provided $32,700 to restock emergency obstetric equipment to specifically address this shortfall.