Equip 35 Midwives in Remote Congolese Villages

by Bonobo Conservation Initiative
New graduate receives widwife certificate
New graduate receives widwife certificate

I am leaving soon for Kokolopori and will be bringing equipment and supplies for the Kokolopori health clinic with me, thanks to generous donors like you.

On my last visit to Kokolopori in March, twelve midwives received their brevets (midwife certificates) from the zone commissioner, during a General Assembly gathering of village representatives, lineage chiefs and important members of the community. The next training round of 15 midwives is starting shortly at Yetee village with nurse Nestor Baelongandi.

The Yetee dispensary, started in May 2009, is becoming a center for maternal and infant health program. Besides the general health care services that are available, Yetee dispensary is dedicated to providing mothers’ health education in the field of safe delivery preparedness and hygiene. It delivers prenatal consultations to mothers and also consultations for preschoolers. The clinic organizes once a week, each Friday, a special day for pregnant women.

I will send more news when I return from Kokolopori in August. We are depending on the generosity of our donors to help provide equipment for the next class of midwives.

I am leaving for Kokolopori in a few days, and have just procured the supplies for our newly-trained nurse midwives. We will deploy the midwives to the three Kokolopori health centers or dispensaries. Because the 36 Kokolopori villages are spread along a long (40 mile) road, the clinics are spaced evenly among the villages.

We have purchased three of each of the following types of equipment with your generous donations:

- hanging infant scales - tabletop baby scales - serrated hemostat - obstetrical forceps - anatomical hemostat - scissors - speculums - curettes - blood pressure meters - stethoscopes - drum-shaped basins - kidney-shaped basins - measuring tape

On my last trip to Kokolopori in October 2009, I took along a visitor, Martin Bendeler, from the Indigo Foundation in Australia which has provided important funding for Kokolopori’s health clinic. Read Martin’s stories of a delivery and an appendectomy he observed on that visit: [http://www.kokolopori-partnership.org/Martin_s_Kokolopori_clinic_stories_10.2009.pdf]

We still need to equip six of our newly trained midwives, and are beginning training classes in 2010 for nine more students. With the support of our friends through Global Giving, we can continue saving lives of mothers and babies in Kokolopori. Thank you!


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Bonobo Conservation Initiative

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.bonobo.org
Project Leader:
Amy Clanin
Program Manager
Washington, DC United States

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