We are planning to teach in Uganda!
Ebola blocks our return to Sierra Leone. But we are not going to sit idly when there is such need and we have the skills to help.
We did a needs assessment in September, and found a solid partner in the Kitajo Integrated Development Association. KIDA has a hospital, vocational training program, and a bank. They support rural villages scattered over the eastern side of the Rwenzori Mountains.
They asked us to teach the Helping Babies Breathe™ program and courses on the current evidence for excellent maternity care, nutrition, and the basics of business.
These are part of our curriculum in Sierra Leone, so all we have to do is adapt the classes for this audience - and get the needed visual aids.
In the first half of 2015, we'll take the two-week trip. A week will be spent teaching, while we will allow a few days on each end for travel.
You can be in on the ground floor of this work. You can help us get the manikins for the Helping Babies Breathe program, and the models and charts needed for the other courses. Please help.
We will return to Sierra Leone
MOMS next trip to Sierra Leone, perhaps next summer, will include much that is new and exciting. For the first time, MOMS has licensed the curriculum to a partner organization: the Rural Healthcare Initiative, and we will train their trainers.
Another first is that we will not be in our beloved Kailahun District in the Eastern Province, but will work in the Bo District of the Southern Province, in the Tikonko Chiefdom. This locale is closer to a major town than any other where we have taught.
We have met several times with the key people -- the Chiefs, clinic staff, and the Traditional Birth Attendants who are likely to be in our class. While there are usually minor snags, we hope that this class will be extra smooth.
The Traditional Birth Attendants in Tikonko sing and dance to welcome the MOMS team.
The TBAs of the Tikonko area meet with MOMS leaders to discuss the training. We all are excited about the possibilities.
MOMS is a humanitarian, non-profit agency whose mission is to improve maternal and infant health in the poorest areas of the world.
MOMS' teams build capacity among the women in the rural areas. We teach the traditional birth attendants four things:
- To be the bridge between the community and the clinic system
- To make changes to solve women's health problems
- To provide evidence-based maternity care
- To teach their neighbors about women's health needs, sanitation, and nutrition
Our Accomplishments - with your help!
Since 2006, MOMS' teams have made 13 trips to Sierra Leone, for a total of about 15 months in-country.
- Initial Training: 198 women in five cohorts
- Continuing Education: 165 women in four cohorts
- Intermediate Nutrition
- Intermediate Anatomy and Physiology
- Breast Health
- Gender-based Violence
- Preventing Teen Pregnancy
- Helping Babies Breathe: 20 people; seven clinics supplied
- Gardening businesses established: three cohorts
- Palm oil business established: two cohorts
- Clinic built, supplied, and staffed
- Advisory Committee established
- MOMS TBA included in the District Medical Health Team
- Maternal or fetal mortality related to TBA errors: 0
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