Helping with health and nutrition of the youth.
Dr. Genevieve Reid and her nonprofit organization, the Global Midwife Education Foundation (GMEF), was profiled in the March 2011 issue of Balance Magazine. GMEF is the health and training specialist organization for the project Train 12 Midwives to serve 4 Moroccan villages.
Currently, we are working on finalizing all of the required paperwork with the Moroccan Ministry of Health and the local association Amezray SMNID to begin the training in 2011. Dr. Reid or a representative from GMEF will travel to Morocco in May, 2011 to begin the initial field work for the five-year training in the villages of Amezray, Aguddim, Taghia and Tighanimin. There is an extremely high illiteracy rate in these villages, reaching over 90%. All 12 of the women that will be in the training are illiterate so we are creating a unique curriculum and pre-training efforts to help overcome this obstacle.
"My daughter Saadiya is not very literate. She did not finish her schooling. This program will give her an opportunity to work and to help the women and children of our village at the same time."
- Said Masaouidi, Village leader, father of midwifery student
This trip will include some or all of the following activities: visit to the Moroccan Ministry of Health in Rabat, Morocco for final approval and paperwork for the program; train local women on time-keeping (a skill that will be required by all of the women for their specific health trainings over the next five years; begin health and nutrition training.