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Edna Adan Showing Sado the Midwife Kit

Edna Adan Showing Sado the Midwife Kit

Direct Relief's Senior Program Manager, Lindsey Pollaczek, sent this picture while on her trip in Somaliland:

Having a trained Community Midwife present in every village in Somaliland is part of Edna Adan’s vision to reduce maternal and newborn mortality across the country. The purpose of the Community Midwife is not to replace the doctor, who has a critical role in providing emergency cesarean sections for women experiencing complications, but to serve as a front-line health worker providing care in often rural and remote parts of the country. Until now there have been few or no health providers that can provide high quality care during pregnancy, delivery, and in the days and weeks after birth in these remote Maternal and Child Health Centers.

The Direct Relief Midwife Kit, donated to Edna Adan Hospital to be distributed to the Community Midwives that are practicing in areas throughout Somaliland, contains essential delivery instruments, basic diagnostic equipment and medical supplies to help a midwife like Sado put her training to use. Sado quickly recognizes all of the items in the Midwife Kit, and confirms readily she will be able to put them to good use. She is very thankful for the supplies and is particularly excited to see the headlamp, which she has not had before and will be a great help when women deliver at night since the health center has no electricity.

Read more about Direct Relief's support for midwives here - www.directrelief.org/focus/maternal-and-child-health/midw...

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Photo taken on 13 September 2012 (© Direct_Relief / Flickr)

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