Azarra Birji is a Wodaabe from Fidouk of few words who nevertheless has a strong clinical foundation and is an important contributor to training sessions. She also has a high-volume, high-quality practice.
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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Tinzere Abaka is a Tuareg from Iledoum who has quickly increased her volume of births with excellent outcomes. Although she only entered the program two years ago she has quickly become a leader. She picks up new skills quickly, learning to measure blood pressure accurately in a single session.
Mariama Kadri is a Wodaabe from Tedbouk who is married to the chief of her community. (Although many think she is the real chief) Her opinion is highly regarded and she does not shy from expressing it. She is a skilled birth attendant and teacher, and is particularly good at inventing training scenarios.
Fatima Daouel is a Tuareg from Aboye who has attended 146 births without a single maternal mortality. She is renowned for her ability to turn breeches (bottom or feet first) into the safer head-first position and is a great teacher having a calm, patient demeanor. (Maybe best of all, she appreciates our jokes!) (Not […]
Training Assists Mothers to Give Birth Safely The program conceived and run for five years by Dr. Bob Skankey is continuing with Dr. Becky Jones an OBGYN assisted by her sister, certified midwife Pat Manzon. They took over the in country training in Niger October 2016 and continued in 2017 when they trained a record […]