Jess-Alfred Nondho Ombenny, Democratic Republic of Congo
In the district of Uvira in particular and in the province of South Kivu in general, women still deliver on the ground under a non-medical assistance due to a lack of qualified staff and the insecurity that reigns in that region. Trained midwives do not accept to work in remote regions for insecurity and remuneration reasons. To try to overcome the personnel deficiency in this part of the country, this superhero nurse midwife has initiated the training of community birth attendants (with an associate degree A2). With a community approach which will bring a breath of fresh air in achieving the MDG 4, 5 and 6 and improving lives for women and children in the DRC.
Story submitted by KASAMPU ILUNGA Adolphine, Volunteer group for the promotion of safe motherhood (GVP/MASAR, DRC)
Superhero Health WorkersThis story is one of many submitted by members of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood ® (WRA) to celebrate health workers. Health workers save the lives of women and children every day, despite often facing difficult working conditions and inadequate resources. Health workers are vital for progress on global health and development and for ensuring the Millennium Development Goals are met. Yet, the world is short of more than 3.5 million health workers, including 1 million community health workers and 350,000 midwives.