We are tightening up our plans for 2015. Our trip to Kitojo Integrated Development Association (KIDA) is on the calendar for the last of February into mid-March. We will teach several programs for the health care providers at the hospital and several to those involved in the Savings & Loan and vocational education programs.
And we will return to Sierra Leone this summer. We do not know yet if we will be allowed to gather a group to teach, but we will at least visit the others we’ve taught. We will conduct a needs assessment to understand the new priorities in the aftermath of the Ebola virus.
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Helping Babies Breathe and Essential Care for Every Baby
These are programs to ensure practitioners provide evidence-based care to help struggling babies to breathe, then to keep them healthy and respond properly is something begins to go wrong. MOMS’ Education Director, Trish Ross, is a Master Trainer in both of these programs.
MOMS teams will now include both these programs in their training, and will teach both in Uganda in February!
Off to Uganda!
We did a needs assessment in September, and found a solid partner in the Kitojo Integrated Development Association. KIDA has a hospital, vocational training program, and a bank. They support rural villages scattered over the Uganda side of the Rwenzori Mountains.
KIDA is also supported by the Friends of Ruwenzori. You can learn more about them here.
We plan to teach the following courses:
- Helping Babies Breathe
- Essential Care for Every Baby
- Current Evidence for Maternity Care
- Business Basics
This is the first baby delivered at KIDA by Cesarean surgery.
We will return to Sierra Leone
A MOMS team is planning to go back to Sierra Leone this summer.
We are not entirely sure if we will be permitted to gather people for a class. Currently, no such meetings are permitted, but by then they may be allowed. If we can teach, we will return to Tikonko and train trainers for the Rural Healthcare Initiative,
If we cannot teach a new group, we will go to the villages where we have been working and check in with the women.
We also aim to do another needs assessment. Many of the new needs are clear: hundreds of teen girls have become pregnant through violence and perhaps some boredom while the schools have been closed for Ebola. We also know that many women are afraid of going to the clinics to give birth, and some clinic staff are afraid to help women give birth because of the body fluids present.
We will confirm these needs and learn about more. We’ll listen to stories of this most difficult year. We will then review our capabilities and set priorities for action.
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 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
- 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
We have made one trip to Uganda to conduct a needs assessment.