Mimose is a student at the school Institution Henriette St Marc of Démier in Crochu, Haiti. The Institution Henriette St Marc of Démier is one of the schools in Crochu enrolled in cholera prevention with Medical Teams International. Thanks to your generous donations, MTI was able to train the teachers in cholera prevention and awareness to help stop the spread of this debilitating bacteria. Your gifts also provided education materials for the teachers to conduct sessions for the students.
Mimose, whose family did not have a latrine, attended an education session on how cholera is transmitted. Afterwards, she decided to convince her mother to take all necessary precautions to protect the family against cholera.
Because the training your gifts provided was so effective, Mimose was persistent with her family. After several months, Mimose's mother agreed to build a latrine. Mother and daughter are very proud of their commitment to health. They are committed to encouraging other families in their neighborhood to also build latrines - and help stop cholera before it can kill.
Your incredible generosity is truly empowering families to stop cholera in its tracks. Thank you for your compassion.
Today we are excited to share with you some "behind-the-scenes" photos from a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) training in Crochu, Haiti a few weeks ago.
Medical Teams International's staff holds training every week for such community leaders as TBAs, pastors, and teachers. We are very grateful for our staff, who all live two hours away in Port-au-Prince and spend three weeks out of every month in Crochu.
Health committees in the community select men and women to be TBAs and attend the training. At this particular training the men were especially engaged, asking many questions. Approximately 15-20 TBAs attended the training.
At this training, TBAs were learning how to handle and dispose of birthing waste, sanitation methods, as well as how to recognize danger signs in pregnant women to know when to refer them to a clinic. The training involved role playing to help bring scenarios to life.
Marie Yolaine Occéan, is a mother of three and lives in Pinot I, Crochu. Prior to attending a MTI health education training on lactation, Marie Yolaine did not exclusively breastfeed her children until they were 6 months of age. After learning about the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, which can help prevent diarrheal diseases, such as Cholera, and can also improve the overall health of infants, Marie decided to experiment exclusive breastfeeding for her youngest child, Esther.
Since the training, Marie has been exclusively breastfeeding Esther, now 8 months old, and is the first in her community to exclusively breastfeed for at least 6 months. As she continues to breastfeed Esther, she is slowly introducing solids to her diet and is seeing improvements in Esther's overall health and growth.