Safe Motherhood Ambassadors: To empower former fistula patients and save mother’s lives we’ve developed a one-month curriculum in conjunction with the Tigray Health Bureau to train former fistula patients as Safe Motherhood Ambassadors. They are taught basic maternal health skills including; reproductive health, hygiene, sanitation and prenatal care. Once graduated, SMA will monitor and register pregnant women in their village, report to trained health workers encourage antenatal Care & institutional delivery. SMA fill a vital gap in the emergency referral service network to save mother’s lives.
Fistula Prevention: SMA provide voluntary support for maternal health in their community to save children’s lives and prevent childbirth injuries such as obstetric fistula. They will educate their neighbors about the causes of fistula and how it can be prevented.
Literacy: Communication, and in some cases literacy training, will be provided in order to adequately spread the message of safe delivery to women in their villages.
Counseling: We are providing counseling to women who have been traumatized by being ostracized by their communities for having fistula.
Economic Empowerment: Our program also includes implementing income-generating skills, such as weaving, poultry keeping, agricultural training to empower former fistula patients economically and help them lead self-sustainable lives.
SAFE MOTHER HOOD AMBASSADOR GRADUATE PROFILES
Safe Motherhood Ambassadors