One of my concerns as we began this process was that the WHO has recently changed focus from the training of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) stating that training for TBAs takes away from efforts that will make a real difference in maternal health. On the whole I like the WHO, but I couldn’t agree with this statement–at least not as a global truth. I was very glad to find a study in the New England Journal of Medicine from 2005 that showed teaching traditional birth attendants was making a difference in women’s health in Pakistan. The tools and training available to these TBAs? The birthRead More →

One of the items Jeff thinks will be helpful to take is a laptop computer. We can use it to bring birth videos and other visual materials for the women we train; it gives us a place to store photos so we can take even more; and because I know they have internet access at least part of the time it will allow us to keep everyone updated about how the training is progressing. So, we cleaned out our “get rid of” pile and did an eBay garage sale to see if we could get enough money for a used laptop. I am happy toRead More →

Tammy and I are now both vaccinated against yellow fever. This is one of the requirements to get a VISA for Burundi or DRC. Our next steps are to book our flight and apply for our Visas–which both take money. People have started to promise money for the project, but we each only have a few dollars in hand. We need to book our flight within the next two weeks because the prices are already starting to go up. So we are praying money comes in for this. The cheapest deal we can get on Visas is to go through AAA. They get us aRead More →