What does your work entail?
Women and children living in the IDP community are at the heart of what I do. These families have lost everything and have come to seek refuge from floods, drought or conflict. They are vulnerable, impoverished and they need healthcare. I aim to work until every child and mother is healthy. I am a mother of one child, and I see her in the 15 plus children I touch every day. It is my duty and responsibility to alleviate their pain as much as I can.
My work comes in different shapes and forms. For example, I receive calls to support mothers delivering in their IDP homes, and who cannot reach the health facility because of extensive bleeding. The situation can be life threatening to both the baby and the mother. At times, I ask a doctor from the clinic to accompany me to ensure quality care in this delicate situation. I then personally follow up with these cases until the mother and child are stable.
I distribute delivery kits to expectant mothers in the camp to avoid such emergency situations. In the kit is a plastic bag, towel, and oil for the baby, disinfectant for the mother, two pairs of gloves, a razor blade and cod clam for the umbilical cord. With these items, the mother can safely give birth to her baby at home with help from any available health worker.
I also counsel mothers and women experiencing violent relationships at home. A husband will beat his wife for visiting the health centre without his approval. The woman comes to me with bruises on her face. I calm her down and listen attentively to her grievances. I refer tough situations to a local organization dealing with gender-based violence where women receive legal redress and more counselling.