We completed two missions: one at Tamesna conducted by Rabi our former medical director and one at Iferouane conducted by Assalama. 14 new traditional birth attendants have been trained and turned in their first annual reports. These reports showed no maternal mortalities in spite of several potentially critical conditions the matrones were able to address because of their training.
We have worked hard to turn this program over to local staff and COVID forced our hand. Since we could not do our annual missions in 2020 and 2021 we continued with local staff and have completed four training missions. Rabi, our clinic nurse at Tamesna has become a competent instructor and has now returned to school to further her medical education. We are paying her tuition as long as she continues to direct our training program of new matrones. The eight new matrones helped 44 women deliver babies. They had no maternal mortalities and 2 infant mortalities (premature babies born dead). In that time Assalama, also part of our program delivered 89. She is an amazing trainer and a very hard worker–she works at the maternity hospital in Iferouane for no salary–and is only paid when she trains for us. This year we bought her a small herd of goats to help her financially.
Rabi and Assalama are proving to be a very hardworking and conscientious team–exactly what we need to continue the program without our American team–Dr. Becky and Midwife Pat.