Ethiopian mother with newborn baby
To help make safer delivery a reality for more mothers in Ethiopia we continue to educate health care providers working on the frontlines to provide misoprostol tablets to manage excessive bleeding after childbirth, or postpartum hemorrhage. On-going training efforts to rural health extension workers are helping to ensure that mothers have the chance to survive childbirth, an often frightening experience for lack of medical care, infrastructure and technology.
In a recent visit to Ethiopia, VSI’s Associate Medical Director met with dedicated health extension workers (HEWs) to observe and gather information about the program as well as to visit with families directly impacted by its success. Capitalizing on the audience with approximately 45 young HEWs in Mojo, Oromiya, she provided a mini-refresher training. She also heard testimonials that highlighted the positive difference these life-saving tablets can make by investing in education, availability and training of HEWS who work in the most rural and underserved areas of Ethiopia. Today the number of babies being born from mothers using “miso” is growing like the photo of this young mother who recently delivered her “miso baby” in her home.
VSI is committed to providing ongoing support and training in order to expand our reach. This summer we hosted an refresher training course to “master trainers” originally enrolled in the project in 2008 and we are embarking upon further HEW trainings in the emerging regions of Ethiopia.
We appreciate the support of those who share our commitment to saving mothers' lives in Ethiopia.