The program conceived and run for five years by Dr. Bob Skankey has continued with Dr Becky Jones, an OB/GYN and her sister, Pat Manzon, a retired certified nurse-midwife. Dr Becky and Pat took over the program in 2016 and have participated in 3 missions. Last year we initiated teacher training at Tamesna and took […]
Sponsor a Matrone for $20 per birth
Traditional birth attendants (known as matrones in Niger) trained by the Nomad Foundation have been working since 2012. Their work has brought about a significant reduction in maternal and infant mortality in the region.
It costs approximately $20 for the supplies a nomadic matrone needs to assist with a safer birth. Compared with the many thousands even a normal birth in the US costs, this is a healthcare bargain. Several of our matrones are attending over 100 births a year – even those very small costs add up.
Would you consider sponsoring a matrone? The four matrones who will be participating in our leadership training are strong and busy clinicians who would benefit tremendously from your support. They have all attended every training we have provided and teach their colleagues and us a great deal.
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Azarra Birji Last year, in 2018, Azarra participated in teacher training and we hope to foster her skills so that she may lead refresher courses in the future.
Tinzere Abaka i Tinzere was unable to attend teacher training in 2018 due to family illness but her son-in-law, Moussa sat in for her, and was able to take the information and materials back to her (Moussa is literate). We look forward to working with Tinzere herself this mission.
Mariama Kadri iLast year, in 2018, Mariama was suffering from malaria during the first part of training. Our nurse, Rabi, provided treatment and soon we knew she was feeling better when her commanding voice was ringing out during training sessions. She is a Wodaabe from Tedbouk who is married to the chief of her community. […]
Fatima accompanied us to Iferouane last year and tried out her new teaching skills. She was initially discouraged by differences between the Ingall and Iferouane dialects but persevered. She continues to be one of the most active and astute matrones we work with.
Training Assists Mothers to Give Birth Safely The program conceived and run for five years by Dr. Bob Skankey has continued with Dr Becky Jones, an OB/GYN and her sister, Pat Manzon, a retired certified nurse-midwife. Dr Becky and Pat took over the program in 2016 and have participated in 3 missions. Last year we […]