South Sudan: Striving for better maternal and child health
Training of traditional birth attendants
Prenatal care, safe deliveries and referral to a hospital in case of high-risk pregnancies - these were the main topics of a training organised by Malteser International in Rumbek, South Sudan, in cooperation with the local health authorities. Twelve traditional birth attendants working in the rural regions of Rumbek East and Rumbek North had come to attend this weeklong training in order to learn about how to improve maternal and child healthcare.
At the beginning and at the end of the training, the participants had to take a test n order to give proof of their knowledge. The evaluation of the pre- and the post-test has shown considerable progress of up to 31 per cent. At the end of the training, Dr. Michael S. Mading, General Director of the local ministry of health, handed over the certificats to all participants in a solemn ceremony.
The traditional birth attendants work in ten of eleven communities in Rumbek, where Malteser International supports the construction of nine health posts and two health centres. Malteser International always works in close cooperation with the local communities in order to guarantee a sustainable improvement. The relief programme in Rumbek is financially supported by the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation.
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