Midwife, Sara David from Perth, Western Australia, was invited to the village of Yamen in remote East Sepik Province, by male church leaders who were very concerned about the high number of mothers dying in their villages due to a lack of health services. Their request, which came through Perth Pastor Mike Bullard in 2011, was for a midwife to train their village birth attendants to save lives. The first outreach trip occurred in August 2012.
To understand the current maternal and child health issues in the region
To identify key leaders to encourage and equip them with further resources and teaching ideas, and;
To see what could be done in the future to support the people in the villages to continue educating the women to prevent death of pregnant women and newborn babies.
That women in the communities in which Living Child Inc. works, will be able to choose when and how many children they have, that they will be able to give birth safely and their children will have every opportunity to grow and thrive.
to the needs of mothers and their babies through the use of midwifery skills and knowledge available in Living Child Inc
to the people in the villages, to hear their stories and how they think we can assist and support them in addressing the high death rate of mothers and babies
about the local village customs, social ways, their languages & about existing health programs already at work in the villages
the people in a practical and caring way, respecting their culture and social structure
to see what is happening at a local village level and assist where led by the people - be guided by the locals
by actively seeking feedback in order to constantly improve the effectiveness of Living Child Inc work.
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