Healthy Mothers and Families
Nurturing the next generation. This gift contributes to projects that include maternal and child health services, mobile health services, immunisations for young children, community education on topics like breastfeeding and safe pregnancy and referrals to specialists.
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Traditionally, women in remote villages in Laos have often been left to give birth on their own, sometimes at home or in the field, sometimes receiving help from available family members. Ensuring that surroundings are hygienic and knowledge about birth safety was not common. Deaths or injury of mothers or their babies were common. Slowly, this is changing as people are becoming more aware of the importance of simple things, like ensuring women wash with soap and water before and after giving birth, or ensuring the birthing space is clean. TEAR’s partner World Concern (Laos) has been working with a number of villages in southern Laos to train traditional birth attendants (TBAs) to look after pregnant women and safely deliver their babies, but also to educate others in their community about safe pregnancy and birth. These relatively simple strategies are saving lives and improving infant and maternal health.
TBAs are given a basket of simple tools that they are able to use to ensure delivery is safer and reduce the risk of the baby or mother dying. This will include a sharp implement (usually a clean razor blade) to cut the umbilical cord, and a cake of soap for cleaning the mother. When women are pregnant the TBAs, who usually work in pairs, visit the family and talk to both wife and husband, advising them on how diet and enough rest from manual labour is important to keep mothers healthy. When it’s time to deliver, the TBAs make sure they are available. They are also trained to refer pregnant mothers to hospital early on if they identify any problems that might need skilled help. One TBA said: “Since the project came, delivery is safer and there is less risk of babies dying.”
Your gift of healthy mothers and families is contributing to projects like this one and making a difference in the lives of those facing poverty and marginalisation.
About our partner – World Concern (Laos)
World Concern (Laos) is a Christian faith-based development organisation that works to provide hope and opportunity to people facing extreme poverty. Its projects in Laos mostly focus on some of the country’s poorest and most isolated ethnic minority communities, where skilled health care is either non-existent or extremely challenging to reach.