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Volunteer trip report: Transforming maternal & child health in Chin State

Posted on 15th January 2020 by Philippa Wilford

At the beginning of November, two volunter midwives made the four-day journey from the UK to Laillenpi in Chin state, Myanmar. This was the 8th visit to the township, where training and practical support has been provided to Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and other healthcare workers, with the aim of improving maternal and child health outcomes in the rural communities. 

Since the start of this project over 180 TBAs have been trained. In 2017, the project was expanded to provide Training of Trainers (ToTs) to local women, who then provide training to TBAs in more remote villages. Another element of this trip, was the opportunity to provide support to three nurses who have recently graduated through the support of Health & Hope's Freedom to Education Project (FEP), as well as provide training and support to local government midwives. 

Due to ongoing conflict in the region, it wasn't possible for the volunteers to travel to some of the more remote villages as planned. Instead, two days of clinics were arranged in the town, where almost 150 mothers & babies were seen and treated! 

Following this, the UK midwives conducted a week-long workshop with 36 TBAs, 5 government midwives and 2 trained nutritionalists, who were keen to receive training so that they can deliver health advice for pregnant women and new mothers. As part of the project, the team distributed birth bags, which contain essential equipment and clean birth kits, as well as distribution of basic medicines alongside training in their correct administration.

As always, it was wonderful to receive feedback from the TBAs who have been able to put the training they've had over the years into practice. One TBA revealed how she had delivered a breeched baby 12 years ago and the baby had died because she did not know what to do. Since coming to the training, she has been able to get over her fears and recently deliver a breech baby successfully. She said: "I knew what to do because of the training I had received, and the mother and baby are well. It was the best day of my life!"

The result of this continued work has been a clear improvement in conditions, skills and expertise provided by the TBAs. The assessment at the end of the training week showed that the TBAs have grasped a good understanding in critical practices such as handwashing & hygiene, initial assessment of the mother, manoeuvres of breeched births, and immediate post-natal care of the newborn, including skin-to-skin contact and first breastfeed. As well as these basic concepts, the TBAs also now have a good understanding of how to deal with complications and emergencies in delivery such as  bleeding. 
 

This visit also created an opportunity for the three graduate nurses to gain further training and experience in maternal and neonatal health. The nurses, who are now part of the Health & Hope Myanmar team in Lailenpi, were translating during the clinics and training sessions, giving them the chance to deepen their knowledge and grow in confidence. As a result, Hope Clinic, based in Lailenpi, and our other health projects, will now benefit from the enhanced skills and experience of these trained staff. 

Click here to find out more about the Maternal and Neonatal Health project and how you can support this work. 

Changing lives through education

Posted on 9th January 2020 by Philippa Wilford

Watch the video below which showcases Health & Hope's new Education for All project in Chin State, western Myanmar. 

Launched in June 2019, the Education for All project aimed at tackling the Year 10 pass rate among ‘repeater students’, those who have attempted to take the exam and failed. The project provides 100 of these students with 10 months of full-time education to enable them to complete this qualification.

You can find out more about this project here

#GivingTuesday

Posted on 28th November 2019 by Philippa Wilford

This #GivingTuesday you can be part of giving a gift that will last a lifetime.

By supporting us this giving season, you will give hope to the remote and vulnerable communities that we serve.

“It is my greatest joy to see hope, that precious gift, return to the faces of our people, who have suffered so much for so long. Hope in the faces of children when we opened their first nursery school in a newly built Community Health and Education Centre. Hope in the faces of our Community Health Workers as they realise how the simple act of boiling water, can prevent death and could save the lives of their family. Hope in the faces of our students who are now learning they are free to dream about a better future.”

Three ways you can #GiveHope this #GivingTuesday

 

1. Give your voice

Health & Hope is a small charity. We don’t run big campaigns, but instead we rely on our committed and faithful supporters to spread the news about our work. Your voice is truly powerful in educating others about our work, and people are much more likely to get involved if they’ve heard about us from their friends and family.

So please consider giving the gift of your voice tell someone about our work - share a post on Facebook, direct someone to our website, or if you would like us to send you a few flyers or impact reports to give to people, email Philippa

 

2. Give your year

As we think about the new year ahead, perhaps you could commit to doing something this year to support Health & Hope.

It might be giving up a treat (like that coffee out and about or weekly takeaway) and using the money to give a monthly give to Health & Hope. Or maybe you could commit to holding a fundraising event or completing a sponsored challenge event next year.

Whatever your commitment, we are SO grateful for your support and we would love to hear how you are going to #GiveYourYear to make a difference to others. Check out our fundraising page, if you would like some ideas of how you can fundraise for us. 

 

3. Give a gift 

Of course, financial support is vital for us to ensure our work can continue.

You can donate via our website either towards our general work or one of our specific projects, or check out this page for more information about other ways you can give

Thank you for your continued support! It is so very much appreciated.

If you have any questions or would like any further information about our work, please contact Philippa by emailing pip@healthandhope.org.

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