There are now 25 women who are signed up for the birth attendant course. This short course will help to train local women to safely and hygienically deliver babies at home. Since about 95% of deliveries in the surrounding rural areas are home deliveries, it is more effective to reduce infant and maternal deaths by training local women than to persuade all mothers to deliver at the hospital.
Most local birth attendants have no formal training, do not wash hands before delivery and do not know how to recognise signs of danger during delivery. Our short course will help to provide local women with a basic but up to date knowledge, that will help them to also earn an income by becoming village birth attendants. The women will be asked to come to the hospital occasionally for follow up classes and will be provided with essential equipment to ensure safe deliveries. They will be trained in identifying difficult labor that require hospitalization and will contact the hospital to transfer mothers and children who are in danger.
This project will begin as soon as the funds are fully collected.
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