Creating Safe Environments for Mothers-to-Be in Senegal

Creating Safe Environments for Mothers-To-Be in Senegal

Ms. Marie Cecilia Diam, a Health and Nutrition Officer, is a 38-year-old single woman with no children. She joined The Hunger Project in September 2013.

During her first mission to Sam Contor Epicenter on September 17, 2013, Cecile was in a meeting with the Dendeye Epicenter’s Health Committee to gather health data. She got a call to help deliver the baby of an 18-year-old Fulani girl, and first time mother-to-be who, had been in labor since the previous day.

Cecile, with assistance from the birth attendant, helped the girl deliver a bouncing baby boy who weighed 3.3kg. The delivery went smoothly, without complications.

It was a great relief for the woman’s family that she was not sent to a health center further away. If that had happened, with the bad roads, the woman could have given birth on the way, suffered complications and even lost the baby or her own life.

This story confirms, once again, that local facilities need to have skilled workers who can provide adequate services on demand, especially during emergencies. Miss Diam’s timely act has won her a seat in the big family at The Hunger Project-Senegal.

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