Rural Health Care Initiative
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Update on construction of the Tikonko Birth Waiting Home

As of Feb. 15, 2017 the beautiful blue roof is completed as well as the ceilings, electrical wiring, windows and doors. The walls are being plastered. Next will be the tiling of the floors, priming and painting, completing the bathrooms and latrine.

Before opening, a separate triage building will need to be completed. he Birth Waiting Home will make it possible for more pregnant women to have access to skilled health care at the time of delivery.

Carol Nelson

Board Chair

Carol Nelson MD is a retired physician from the U of MN Boynton Health Women's Clinic and St. Paul Primary Care Clinic with 38 years of primary care experience. In 2013, 2015 and December 2016-January 2017, she traveled to Tikonko in Sierra Leone. During the recent trip, she facilitated a Helping Babies Breathe training session for the Traditional Birth Attendants in Tikonko Chiefdom. Dr. Nelson is currently pursuing her Master's of Public Health at the U of MN School of Public Health, with a focus on Global Health.

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