Campaign in Hakkari to end births at home .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} HAKKARİ - The Health Ministry has begun implementing a project to stop home-births in the remote southeastern region of Hakkari

The aim of the project is to prevent women from giving birth under difficult conditions at home in regions that have severe weather. Pregnant women in Hakkari, where winters are very harsh, will be identified and transferred to a hospital by special ambulances four weeks before they are due to deliver.

Lack of cooperation
Dr. Turhan Sulhan, the provincial health director, asked people to tell them about pregnancies to enable them to prevent babies from being delivered at home. Sulhan said they were currently facing difficulties due to a lack of cooperation.

"Men from faraway villages and towns in particular tend to hide their wives from us.

They worry about their wives’ reputations, so we have to act like secret agents and identify pregnant women by asking village headmen and neighbors."

Sulhan said they have detected 274 pregnancies so far, 30 of them are at risk due to tough transportation conditions. Among these 30 women, they could only convince three women to give birth at the hospital.

"We do not want childbirth to occur at home or during transport. We expect cooperation from the people," Sulhan said.