A great trip to Sierra Leone!
Chris McManus, Trish Ross, Carol Nelson and Gretchen Peck worked with Jitta Rogers-Seisay to train 34 women in the village of Tikonko, near Bo City in southern Sierra Leone.
Our schedule was full:
- Visited the women we trained in the Kailahun District to grieve the deaths of our friends, listen to their stories, and plan next steps.
- Visited the Kailahun District Medical Officer to assess needs in that area, post-Ebola.
- Visited the District Medical Officer of the Bo District to discuss plans to continue the work in that district.
- Visited our friend, Dr Bome, who is now the District Medical Officer in the Pujehun District. He really wants us to begin working there.
- Taught 34 women in the village of Tikonko in the Bo Chiefdom.
- Piloted our train-the-trainer process with staff from the Rural Healthcare Initiative (RHCI).
- Taught one session each of Helping Babies Breathe and of Essential Care for Every Baby
- Trained two more translators for the Mende language.
The opportunities to work are wonderful. The need is heartbreaking. Training trainers will increase our reach, but especially after Ebola, the needs are increasing as well.
In 2016 we will begin to train local people to conduct the trainings, using the full MOMS model, not just the lesson plans. We are excited, the District Medical Officers are excited, the women we will train are excited.
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The Traditional Birth Attendants in Tikonko sing and dance to welcome the MOMS team.
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 14 trips to Sierra Leone, for a total of about 18 months in-country.
- Initial Training: 232 women in six cohorts
- Continuing Education: 165 women in four cohorts
- Helping Babies Breathe: 28 people; eight clinics supplied
- Gardening businesses established: three cohorts
- Palm oil business established: four 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
We have also made two trips to Uganda to teach at Kitojo Integrated Development Association