Over the past three months, Americares provided trainings to 13 midwives and nurses on various maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) topics, including assessment of shock and vaginal bleeding, care of post-operative mothers and abruptio placenta, a serious pregnancy complication in which the placenta detaches from the womb.
Before the training, Americares staff surveyed participants to establish baseline knowledge and skills, re-evaluating them after the training was completed. Most showed significant, averaging a 30% increase in their performance.
Americares also collaborated with the Zondo clinic on community outreach activities in two towns in Grand Bassa County. An outreach team, comprised of an Americares community liaison officer, a Zondo clinic midwife, a Zondo clinic vaccinator and a community health worker, distributed vitamins to pregnant women and post-partum mothers and helped raise awareness on MNCH issues During outreach sessions, the Americares community liaison officer and Zondo clinic midwife personally spoke with with pregnant mothers to discuss delivery plans and complication readiness, emphasizing the benefits of antenatal care, postnatal care and institutional deliveries The team supplied more than 20 households with various MNCH information.
During one of its community outreach session, the team met with Mercy, a 24 year old mother of three who lives in Xwia town—more than an hour’s walk from the Zondo clinic. Mercy attended antenatal care and delivered her youngest child at Zondo clinic. She now encourages all pregnant women in the community to go to clinics for antenatal care services and to receive information from staff about healthy behavior before, during and after pregnancy.