The nurses will take the kits out to the villages on their scheduled bi-monthly visits. Since only 10-20% give birth in the clinic, they understand that bringing the kits to the villages is critical.
We’ve set up clear reporting procedures, so we can collect data. First, each nurse has a record book to record each mother’s info (12 items) before and after birth. They will also send monthly texts indicating # of kits distributed that month and how many post-partum interviews were conducted.
As another way to check the progress, we are paying one OVA staffer to spend 3 days per month talking to the nurses and villagers of each District about the progress of the kits. Your donated cameras will provide the pictures!
Finally, we are so happy to fund Noy’s work for CleanBirth.org. In her brilliant English, she will email nurses’ texted information and updates/pictures from the field. She will also coordinate the CleanBirth.org-funded re-stock of kits on December 20th. That day all 15 nurses will return to OVA HQ, show their record book, receive kits, a food/transport per diem, and a 120,000 kip ($30) “texting bonus.”
An absolutely wonderful training that exceeded my expectations. We have empowered these nurses to make birth safer in the over 100 villages that they serve!