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Review for International Midwife Assistance, Inc, Boulder, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I participated in training a class of twenty-two midwifery students in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, in May-June of 2005. This involved teaching students in a classroom and in an women's outpatient clinic located at the Bamiyan Hospital.
Students were taught to assess and treat women for problems ranging from pelvic infections to postpartum hemorrhage. They were instructed in prenatal and postpartum care of women and how to handle normal deliveries as well as identify women who would need specialized care for complicated pregnancies.
These skills are needed desperately in Afghanistan as the majority of its educated population has left the country and few, if any, skilled medical providers are available. Bamiyan is very isolated and yet serves as somewhat of a center for a scattered population of many thousands. The majority of women deliver at home with no care and often suffer complications and death. This class of midwives, the first since the Taliban had been pushed back, were to return to their individual villages to provide much needed care and education.
IMA had to leave Bamiyan in 2008 as the Taliban was making a major resurgence at this time.

Role:  Volunteer & I taught medical English and medical charting to students in the classroom. I taught pre and post natal assessments at the clinic. Flowcharts and medical treatments for common women's problems were developed and explained to all staff at the Bamiyan Hospi.