The program began with visits to the remote mobile camps of the traditional birth attendant trainees (matrones) in order to introduce the new medical team to the population and for the team to observe the conditions under which our matrones work.
Our next stop was Tourgite where we talked to Rahamata and Malou and proudly showed us the healthy twins they had just delivered.
Fatima is our hardest working matrone. She has delivered 187 babies since beginning in 2012. She is a leader capable of training others. It was for her community that we started the program after five young women died in childbirth in one year leaving 4 orphans. Since her training with Dr. Skankey, Fatima has not had one maternal or infant mortality.
After our mobile mission, we brought 12 matrones (4 could not attend) into the Tamesna center for a review and exchange of experiences and ideas.
A big thank you to Dr. Becky and Pat Manzon who volunteered their time and money to work like slaves, which they did wholeheartedly.
Forever thanks to Dr. Bob, the father of this program who continues to oversee it.
And special thanks to Ventura Global health for their grant which made it possible for Dr. Becky to participate in this program.