Teach Traditional Ethiopian Midwives to Save Lives

Sep 15, 2011

Health workers reach women at the margins

Robey, Ethiopian HEW
Robey, Ethiopian HEW

In a country where 94% of mothers deliver at home, the vast majority without a skilled health provider, trained health extension workers (HEWs) are a desperately needed resource to prevent maternal deaths.  Robey is one of the many HEWs trained by VSI to fill that gap in coverage.

VSI’s Ethiopia program capitalizes on the unique role of these health workers to provide life-saving maternal health services to women living in rural or isolated communities.  During a recent meeting reflecting on the work of HEWs, Robey spoke with our team about her work: “It brings me joy to treat at-risk mothers and cure them.”  Robey and her fellow health workers live alongside the women they care for. They know the suffering firsthand, and they know what their work means to the women of Ethiopia. 

With your support, VSI continues to work with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health to further formalize the role of women like Robey in the delivery of important maternal health solutions. VSI and its local partners are in the final stages of revising national guidelines for integration of misoprostol tablets at the community level for management of postpartum hemorrhage.  This means all HEWs will be trained on the life-saving medicine misoprostol and more women at the margins will have the chance to survive pregnancy and childbirth.



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