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 19 traditional birth attendants–called matrones in Niger.
Dr. Skankey turned the program over to local staff he had certified in 2015, but the continued revision of training and introduction of new techniques is essential for all medical personnel. Dr. Jones has stepped in to volunteer her time to insure a successful continuation of the program, each year adding new trainees.
One out of seven women in Niger have a lifetime risk of maternal death, which translates to one of the worst maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. Since the inception of the program, our trained matrones have assisted at over 1,000 births with no maternal mortalities, a no infant mortality of children born alive.
These missions can be costly as we are required to hire armed security and the encampments are so remote, transportation elevates the costs. Help us bring this life-saving training and equipment to these nomadic encampments.
The program has been so successful that we have been asked to expand to two new communities next year–2018.
Please help us.