Jennifer Stevens, recruited by Dr. Becky and Pat, is a doctor of public health, midwife, and nurse who has worked globally focusing on maternal health and midwifery education. Most recently she has been living in Bangladesh, working with the United Nations – WHO and UNFPA – while she finished her doctorate. She is a very well qualified addition and brings new skills and ideas to our team.
We had a very ambitious agenda—continuing Dr. Bob’s matrone training program which started out training five traditional birth attendants in 2012. This trip, having expanded in 2018 to Iferouane from our original site at Tamesna was particularly challenging because we have not been able to go for three years because of Covid. We needed to check on the success of the trainings in our absence. We had to refresh the training 60 women including 18 women who had only been trained in our absence.We could not have done it without the new team members
Jen’s goal, in addition to bringing her considerable experience to help refresh the training of the matrones, was to interview both older trainees and those trained only in our absence to evaluate and compare their skill level and comprehension.
While Becky and Pat were working with Rabi and Assalama to refresh and refine the matrones’ skills, Jen was interviewing selected matrones with the help of our interpreters:
At the end of the program we met with the regional director of National Health in Agadez to make him aware of our work. He was so pleased with our program that he presented the team with a spectacular Tuareg bag. We all voted to give it to Jen. She looks quite at home in Niger.