Kenyan County’s Initiative Encourages Traditional Birth Attendants To Refer Pregnant Women To Hospital

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Kenya’s traditional midwives in frontline of drive to cut maternal deaths
“…Kisumu County in western Kenya has begun an initiative to involve traditional birth attendants in interventions to curb maternal deaths. The midwives are taught about the dangers of unskilled deliveries and assigned the task of referring pregnant mothers to hospital. For every referral, a traditional birth attendant at Migosi Hospital is paid 300 Kenyan shillings (around $3). Health officials in Kisumu hope that hospital deliveries will improve the overall health of women and children…” (Langat, 8/3).

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