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Kathleen is raising money to bring vital medical supplies to birth clinics in Mboro, Senegal. Any amount makes a difference!

This November I have the amazing opportunity to participate in midwifery exchange program. I will be going with 8 other women to volunteer in a busy clinic (60 births per month!) and bring some much needed medical supplies. I have wanted to go to Africa since I was a little girl, hearing the stories my Dad told me about traveling in Ghana. I can't wait to see Africa! Kristine Lauria is the midwife organizing this trip. Kristine lives in Colorado, but she goes to Senegal every year for an entire month to participate in this exchange through an organization called the African Birth Collective. This is an international group of midwives and students who travel to small clinics in Senegal to teach, exchange ideas, and facilitate the safety and empowerment of local women during the birthing process. You can look at her website here for pictures from past trips: http://birthathomenederland.weebly.com/my-volunteer-work.html

Our objectives -Donate supplies to the clinic -Bring teaching materials for the Senegalese midwives to use for themselves and their communities -Support the Senegalese midwives through an open exchange of midwifery practice skills, standards, and protocols -Gain valuable clinical experience in a foreign setting

About Senegal Senegal is on the western point of the African continent. Dakar is the capital city and sits right out on this point. Mboro is located about 2 hours from the capital along the coast, heading north. Infant mortality rates in Senegal are some of the highest in the world at 49 per 1000 live births (World Bank, 2011). Maternal mortality is a 1 in 54 lifetime risk. This rate is 3 times that of India and twice that of Mali. This is largely due to poverty and malnutrition, irregular or non-existent maternity care, inappropriate use of western medicine and obstetrical practices, and inadequate training of maternity care providers. Only 40% of women get prenatal care, and 52% have a skilled assistant at birth. The average income is $200/year. Senegal has one of the lowest HIV infection rates on the African continent. This is due to strong political support for prevention programs from the beginning of the disease. Under 2% of the population in estimated to be HIV infected. The official language of Senegal is French - so the local midwives speak French but the women coming into the clinic speak a language called Wolof, which I am trying to learn. Here is an article written by a woman that went on the trip to Mboro in 2006. http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/africa_journey.asp

Supplies Here is a list of what I am hoping to bring:

Stethoscopes-DONE

Blood Pressure Cuffs-DONE

Gloves – sterile and non-sterile-ORDERED

Needles- STILL NEED

Hemostats-DONE

Scissors-DONE

Specula-DONE

Needles holders-DONE

You can make a donation. A box of 100 non-sterile gloves is just $15. Anything will help! Truly. It's awkward for me to ask for money for this, but it is such a worthy cause. If you look at the pictures of the clinic environment on Kristine's website you can see that there are so few sterile gloves that the midwives wash and hang them to dry, then re-use the gloves (that are meant to be disposable). Instruments that must be sterile to prevent infection are covered in rust.

Thank you thank you thank you!

Jamm ak jamm (peace and peace)

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