The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) or Mormons Botswana in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Wellness has embarked on some life-saving programs to help mothers and their babies survive during birth.
LDS Charities team leader, Mr Isaac Ferguson said in an interview that the church had organised two courses; Helping Babies Breathe and Essential Care for Every Baby, to help equip health practitioners in Botswana with the required skills.
Mr Ferguson said they have engaged two specialists from United States of America, obstetric and paediatric professionals on both. Mr Ferguson indicated that LDS Charities started the annual programme in 2012, to which they have added two further courses; Helping Mothers Survive and Essential Care for Small Babies.
“Some mothers lose their lives while giving birth and we are equipping health practitioners with more skills to avoid that. Some children are born pre-maturely while others are born underweight and they need extra care,” he said.
Mr Ferguson said the program would draw over 100 Botswana health professionals consisting of doctors, midwives and nurses from all district health teams in Botswana.
“We train trainers who will take the course to their different districts to train other health practitioners,” he explained.
Further to that, Mr Ferguson said the church sent volunteers, physicians and nurses to instruct birth attendants on neonatal and the essential care of babies. He said through the training, attendants were able to help save the lives of babies who had breathing difficulties at birth and mothers with serious post-natal complications.
He said the training would also help attendants give proper care to babies, including maintaining a baby’s normal temperature, checking for danger signs and other life-saving practices.
The courses started on Monday and concluded on Friday.