With the delay because of Tabaski we had two extra days to prepare. Bob went very carefully through the five days of training, rehearsing and discussing each step with each person playing his role and going through all the various translations (English, Bob, French Sol or me, Tamachek Aicha or Ali and Hausa, Aicha.
After months and years of preparation and research, Bob had prepared a very complete five day program based on his own experience (3500 babies delivered) and interviews with other medical professionals who have done midwife training programs in developing countries. As a result the program was well defined and precise, but even with all the preparation we expected to make some adjustments based on the knowlege and experience of our local medical staff. So Aicha and Ali gave us their input and we made the necessary changes. We expect there will be more based on the experience and capabilities of the five women who have been chosen for training. They arrive this evening.