Tuesday, 4 May 2010

An update from April

I am back in Kamakwie typing whilst sitting under my mosquito net listening to the sound of the frogs and crickets outside. We arrived on sunday afternoon, yesterday was spent finalising plans for the fieldwork of our fistula project baseline survey.

We have a team of 12 volunteers who will conduct interviews and facilitate focus groups in 30 villages. Three of us will supervise and support the volunteers, alongside conducting interviews with health workers in 27 health posts. The villages and health posts cover all 5 chiefdoms which Health Poverty Action is operational in. We started our 3 days of training with the 12 volunteers today, covering general fistula information, background information on the fistula project and an introduction to research and communication skills. Tomorrow will be practising interviews and focus group facilitation both in our office and in the field to iron out any last problems and pre-test the interview guides.

Click here to read my blog update for Vodafone which has more information on my work during April.

Tomorrow is International Day of the Midwife, which is a day for midwives to think about others in their profession and raise awareness of what midwives do for the world. The theme is 'the world needs midwives now more than ever' which is certainly true in Sierra Leone. Care from a trained midwife here is a luxury many women do not have.

The Royal College of Midwives is raising awareness about obstetric fistula for The International day of the Midwife. I have written about this condition and the work that we are doing at Health Poverty Action to prevent it and treat women who are already affetced and you can read it here.

Dinner tonight was at Mr Bah's roast meat stand in the town, skewers of goat meat cooked over charcoal with fresh baguette and a hard boiled egg is a simple but delicious Kamakwie staple!

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