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Medica Mondiale Trains Midwives In Gedeh
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Medica Mondiale Trains Midwives In Gedeh
By Chris Nyenapee,  LINA Grand Gedeh County Correspondent

ZWEDRU, May 26 (LINA) -A three-day training organized by Medica Mondiale in collaboration with the County Health Team for Trained Traditional Midwives (TTM) and community health volunteers has ended with a call on the trainees to always strive to save the lives of pregnant women and their babies.

The training which focused on reproductive healthcare convened in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County recently with precautionary measures taught to enhance the performance of participants.

Gbarzon Health Center Maternal Child Healthcare Supervisor, Victoria Gaye, who served as lead facilitator, told the Liberia News Agency (LINA) shortly after the official closing that the training gathered participants from 22 communities in four districts of the county.

According to Gaye, they were invited to sharpen their knowledge and skills in maternal healthcare as the first contacts in reproductive health in their respective communities.

She observed that despite the ban on the practice of traditional midwives, recent statistics shows that 76 percent of deliveries continue to be done at home with 1,072 deaths per every two hundred thousand births across Sub -Sahara Africa.

Gaye emphasized that this trend needs to be reduced and called for support in terms of incentives to TTM and related groups to encourage them as the first contacts for early referrals of women in their late pregnancies to the nearest health centers to ensure their safety.

The participants, including 19 females and five males, came from Gbao, Bhai, Konobo and Tchien administrative districts of the county.

In remarks at the program, Medica Mondale Reproductive Healthcare Trainer, Naomi Sayweh Johnson, said her organization provides logistical and financial support to the county health team regularly to build the skills of midwives.

She noted that such help is reflected in training to improve participants’ knowledge and prevent maternal mortality and mobility while responding to sexual and gender-based violence at the level of local communities.
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