November 13, 2013
As a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in the DRC (when it was still Zaire) I was able to accompany Ms. Owens and Dr. O'Sullivan on their most recent trip this October 2013. I got to know firsthand what their training is all about since I helped with most of the translating. Footprints Foundation fearlessly entered one of the most insecure regions of the DRC in order to provide training where it is most needed: Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA's) working in the villages without any equipment or drugs and where modern medical care is often not available. They also brought new information and training to Midwives and Doctors in the Bukavu area with the mission that they need to pass on this information to other health professionals. The goal of this training is to reduce maternal and child mortality and from the reports by the TBA's it's already making an impact as they are now able to recognize situations where the expectant mother needs to be referred to a Medical Facility if at all possible in order to save her life or that of her baby.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
find ways to make more frequent trips or stay longer in order to train more midwives.
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