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 our program to Iferouane. We are eager to both expand our program and to work towards sustainability.
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 expanded to Iferouane in 2018. We will see how these matrones are doing on our 2019 mission in November.
Please help us.