The training course for the Birth Attendants began on Jan 10 2011, titled 'Village Nurse Training Course'. The course has already started with the funds that are available. A total of 10 local women have been selected and the course will last for 8 months. It was decided to begin the course even though the total funding was not received as a result only 10 women can be trained at this time.
All women are from the area, are at least high school educated and live near to the hospital or one of the outlying satellite medical centers. In this way, they will all have an opportunity to serve at Hope's hospital or clinics and if they wish to work independently, will also be able to refer patients to doctors in case of serious problems.
Training is being undertaken by the doctors and nurses at Cox' Bazar Hospital for Women and Children. In January/February a volunteer Polish doctor and her husband who is a physical therapist: Dr. Ania and Olech Burnet gave 3 weeks of their time to the hospital. During this time they helped to launch the training course and held lectures for the trainees.
More good news from our hospital - a full time Ob/Gyn doctor is now on staff. This is a tremendous achievement since most specialist doctors do not like to serve in non-profit hospitals, especially those in rural areas of Bangladesh. As a result, the local women who are having difficult deliveries at home are able to have safe c-sections at the hospital. Since January about 45 babies have been safely delivered by c-section.
Our future village nurses will be able to attend to home births and recognize and immediately refer difficult and dangerous deliveries to hospitals and help save the life of mother and baby.
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Ramu, South Mitachari,