How Former Traditional Birth Attendants are Saving Mothers and Babies in Sierra Leone

Cards created with local artists were developed to educate illiterate health promoters as well as the families they serve.
Baindu Saidu, field officer with partner organization Health Poverty Action, conducts a training-of-trainers session with Bo District nurses who work closely with health promoters.

“WE SEE MORE WOMEN AND CHILDREN SURVIVING NOW”

A nurse at a rural health clinic shows referral slips brought by women who received them from health promoters during home visits.
A health promoter and a nurse weigh a newborn at a health center’s “antenatal care day.”
Mary K. Beecher, a health promoter, sings health messaging songs in the health center where she refers pregnant women and young mothers.
Kai Giba, a health promoter, uses pictorial cards to teach families good health practices during a home visit.
Kai Giba carries her basket of health products during visits to the homes of pregnant women and young mothers.
A health promoter accompanies a sick pregnant woman to the nearest health center, miles away on foot through rural bush trails.

Working with the world’s poorest people to transform their lives. And we tweet.

Working with the world’s poorest people to transform their lives. And we tweet.