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The total Costs

Jeff has done the math for me and the numbers are interesting. It seems the cost to train one midwife (her supplies, transportation, food and lodging and materials) is $206. This also includes the necessary translators and Ministry of Health delegates. It

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High Costs of Oil

One thing we were not counting on when we originally planned the trip was the tremendous jump in oil prices. The truth is, as gas prices continued to increase here in the United States it still did not occur to me that

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Midwifery Skills

Although Tammy and I both have experience at birth, neither of us is actually a midwife. This means neither of us have done a vaginal exam, caught the baby or assessed the fetal heart tones. Something that needed to be changed before

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Ministry of Health Approval

The information is being submitted for the final Ministry of Health approval. The total cost of the training (not including our travel or the materials we will be bringing) is $8,690. With 30 Midwives being trained, this equates to about $300 per

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The Planning Continues

While Tammy and I gather supplies, raise money and determine the content of the training, Flory Zozo is working in DR Congo to ensure the success of the project. In his latest email, he sent me the following list of projects he

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Fertility Awareness

One of the challenges we will face is helping the women prevent unwanted pregnancy. It may seem easy from the perspective of the developed world, but remember that access to any method of birth control for women in rural areas of Central

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Birth Teaching Tools

It is one thing to stand in front of a group of people and lecture, it is another to teach them skills they will need to use. We are going to teach skills. As such, we need some tools to help demonstrate

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Tickets are Ordered

The tickets have been ordered. As long as everything goes OK with our Visas we will be in Burundi in late July. We will be leaving the United States on July 25th, and making a very long journey to Central Africa.

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Midwifery Tools

Planning a birth skills training in a developing country has many challenges. One of those is determining which tools we should take. Midwives who work in developed countries have such a wide variety of tools available to them, but we will be