Traditional birth attendants (6)

12 April, 2019

Hi Marion,

Thank you so much for sharing your personal rich experience on this subject matter.

I am particularly touched by the similarity in most of the postings on the topic of the experience of many other members, when you said '----- During the war years many came to help and brought their own ideas and distorted the program instead of building on it, creating even more challenges. This was also couple with global Maternal health experts making a decision not to support TMs because they causes of maternal mortality could only be managed in hospitals.----'.

I am glad that your MOH and UNICEF support your efforts. I hope other countries will follow your example.

Not to use a resource (adopt them, train them, equip them, monitor them) that is already on the ground but rather only build newer cadres like CHW (as laudable as it is) is a big missed opportunity in LMICs.

Joseph Ana.


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