71 nurses this year. By September we will train 100+ as we have added 13 more clinics and a hospital! We need your help please consider a monthly donation of $10 which would have a HUGE impact. Thank you!
We visited Lao Ngam Hospital and spoke to the midwives there. They said that they have about 50 births per month. Around 35-40 mothers bring with them our ayzh Clean Birth Kits — which they received at their local clinic. The midwives praised the convenience/effectiveness of the kits. They asked CleanBirth.org to provide around 10-15 kits per month directly to their hospital for mothers who don’t have a kit. And with ACD-Laos — our local partner — that is exactly what we will do.
We had another wonderful training in Salavan, Laos with 71 nurses in attendance from 31 clinics. Read on for more details:
Notes from Training, Friday, March 18, 2016 by Dr. Cecilia Jevitt:
“Seventy-one nurses, primary care providers, midwives and physicians attended a full day training sponsored by CleanBirth and arranged by the Association for Community Development (ACD) on March 18, in Salavan Province. CleanBirth distributes supply kits for birth in four districts in Salavan, the most impoverished province in the Lao PDR. Dr. Boualaphet Chounthavong, the founder of ACD and Sousamai Khamphamai, of ACD, provided translation for the training. Twenty-eight health care providers were first time attendees at this annual training. The nursing leaders from Lao Nam, Taoy, Samoy and Salavan districts were present along with Mr. Soukhala Duang PhoSay, the representative from Provincial Home Affairs, who officially welcomed the CleanBirth/Yale School of Nursing team.
The health care providers took a pretest on the day’s material that was focused on the use of the CleanBirth kit. Kristyn Zalota, founder of ClearnBirth.org, reviewed correct use of the kit, distribution and monthly reporting on distribution and birth outcomes. The health care providers were polled about birth topics they were interested in discussing and these became topics for the remainder of the day. The pregnancy and birth trainings were conducted by Cecilia Jevitt, CNM, Gabrielle Gill, RN, and Madeline Spahr, RN, from the Yale School of Nursing. Demonstrations and role play were used to study prenatal supplementation advice, facilitating normal labor to prevent birth problems, determining fetal position, management of the third state of labor to prevent postpartum hemorrhage, emergency management of postpartum hemorrhage, management of a retained placenta, eclampsia identification and referral, newborn resuscitation, and breech and twin birth management. Salavan women, even those from remote villages, are encouraged to come to the clinics to give birth. The clinics are staffed by a nurse and a primary care provider. Sometimes only one is present at the clinic when a woman comes to give birth. The training concluded with a post-test.”
As our plans for our March 2016 training firm up, the goal for our annual campaign becomes crystal clear: we have 62 nurses waiting in Laos who need to be funded. We work with 31 clinics, each has 2 nurses that will attend our trainings. Each nurses full-year training costs $240. $240 x 62 = our $15,000 total.
The goal is clear. The reason for the trainings is also clear: nurses need to ensure safe births for all of the women of their villages year-round. Many do not have much birth training. That’s where our CleanBirth trainings come in — with midwives from the Yale School of Nursing we improve their skills and give them resources to use in birth.
CleanBirth.org ‘s bi-annual nurses training took place over 4 days in the 4 districts that we serve. Our local partner, ACD-Laos led the trainings. Here are pictures of the nurses of Salavan District reviewing birth kits use/distribution/counseling procedures. Nurses also received their stipend, once their logbooks were reviewed, and a 6-month supply of birth kits.
I am so proud of this work and the fact that our local partner is achieving so much!