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What does MOMS do?MOMS makes a difference. We improve maternal and newborn health by teaching local women to provide excellent maternity care and to make changes in their communities.
These local women save lives and improve health, which makes their communities a better place to live. That benefit spreads across the country and into the whole world.
MOMS teaches in areas where women have few choices and great need. We were invited to Sierra Leone, West Africa, in 2006. Since then we have trained and certified 782 women across the southern and eastern areas.
Small international teams (1-3 people) join the Sierra Leonean team twice a year for about 6-8 weeks each trip. We have also certified Sierra Leoneans to teach our comprehensive curriculum so learners can effectively provide care, teach, connect communities to the clinics, and solve problems. Our aim is to transition all the teaching to the local teams, and we are getting close!
Each teaching team works carefully to build rapport and be a role model of humility, patience, respect, and excellence.
Local staff travel regularly to our training sites to help with problems and rejoice with accomplishments. They travel monthly in the dry times of the year.
Our Leadership Council, including one member elected from each of our training sites, will meet several times in 2024. Their job is to advise each other and the management team about issues and set priorities. They ensure communication within their groups and with the local officials.
What is next for MOMS?An international team is going back! We will teach in April-May in two villages in the Peje Chiefdom of the Pujehun District.
Here is a link to see the region around Futa and Pejewa.
We'll certify about 70 people as CHWs, and we hope to certify the current class of trainers. They must each teach 5 classes well, translate 4 classes correctly, and pass the final examination with 80% or better before we certify them. They are making good progress!