Change of Plans:
Well, we've had a change of plans. On July 31, the Government of Sierra Leone declared a state of public emergency, and the US issues a traveler's advisory. So, we regretfully made the decision to postpone our trip, scheduled to begin August 1.
We are talking about teaching the class from January 5th to the end of the month, but many variables need to behave.
We are sad. Because the work we do is so effective, this delay means that some mothers and babies may suffer and die; families will grieve. Ebola and the irrational fear of ebola are evil.
A new class, new partners, new locale!
MOMS next training trip to Sierra Leone will include many new and exciting features. 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 stay closer to our Bo Headquarters, 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 Traditional Birth Attendants 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 travel to Sierra Leone to build capacity among the women in the rural areas. We teach the traditional birth attendants three 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.
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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