Caring for their communities

Volunteer birth attendants help pregnant women receive the medical care they need. CLWR's Jennifer Clark joins volunteers in Chiandame for a photo. CLWR/E.Oduro

Volunteer birth attendants help pregnant women receive the medical care they need. CLWR’s Jennifer Clark joins volunteers in Chiandame for a photo. CLWR/E.Oduro

CLWR’s supporters have helped fund the training of over 230 community health workers in Mozambique over the last four years, as well as provide them with the supplies they need to do their work! Health services are stretched thin in many communities, so the work of these volunteers is crucial.

I met several of these workers on my visit to Mozambique and Zambia this fall. They teach their fellow community members on how they can help prevent serious illnesses like HIV/AIDS and malaria, and women learn about the importance of receiving health care during pregnancy.

In Chiandame village in Mozambique, we gathered under some shady trees and met with Lesita Lamitoni and several other women who volunteer as traditional birth attendants (TBAs). Lutheran World Federation (LWF) staff arrange for the volunteers to receive training from the government health department.

The TBAs can then visit women in the village and let them know about the benefits of receiving health care during their pregnancies. Because hospitals and clinics are often located far from the villages, TBAs are also trained to assist in emergencies and are provided with supplies including soap, gloves, razor blades, disinfectant, basins, and respiration machines. Lesita said that they assist about 5-7 women a month.

 – Jennifer Clark, CLWR Program Assistant – Community Relations

 

You can support traditional birth attendants and other community health workers through the Gifts from the Heart catalogue. Donating to a medical kit supports community health programs by providing caregivers with medical equipment and supplies. http://clwr.donorshops.com/product/2941D98/medicalkit.php

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