Rural Health Care Initiative
  • Partnering with Sierra Leone to save lives

Helping Babies Breathe and Essential Care for Every Baby

Below are scenes from the two-day training that took place at the new Birth Waiting home facility on January 8-9, 2018. This training was facilitated by RHCI in collaboration with staff from World Hope International, based in Makeni, Sierra Leone. During the two days, 53 health care staff were taught skills in resuscitation of the newborn, and essential care for the newborn during the first day and week of life. Neonatal mortality is high in Sierra Leone. These classes, developed by the World Health Organization, Laerdal, and American Academy of Pediatrics, focus on providing education and practical hands-on skills for health care workers in low resource countries.

Carol Nelson

Executive Director

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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