Thanks once again to our wonderful supporters for helping to fund our training program in the District in Tamilnadu, SOUTH INDIA. It ran from May 2010 to April 2011.
The BKFA works with the Society for Women’s Education and Awareness Development (SWEAD) in India, and they specifically targeted 100 communities where the Maternal Mortality Rate was 2,500 per 100,000 live births. This is one of the highest in the world.
The training was for 200 rural midwives and volunteers from 100 villages of Chidambaram, Viruthachalam and Kattumannarkoil taluks of Cuddalore. The midwives provided prenatal information, birth assistance as well as post natal visits. The midwife after training would stay 1- 2 hours after the birth and come back daily for 5 - 10 days to help the mother with bathing and cooking nutritional food.
The outcome is they have not had a single maternal death or new born death reported from their 100 villages since the training and using the birthing kits.
This wonderful achievement is only achieved with ongoing support - so thanks to our donors.
Dr Julie Monis-Ivett
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