Benin Impact Trip
In Benin, UNICEF estimates there are about 1,500 preventable maternal deaths per year due to complications during pregnancy, childbirth and the 6-week period following childbirth. Pregnant women who lack safe water are at higher risk for infections which can lead to to low birth weight, anemia, poor child growth and maternal or newborn death.
In 2016, GAiN started a Maternal Newborn Child Health (MNCH) project in Benin and Togo to address basic clean drinking water supply and health education to communities from villager to rural clinic level. Each village that is involved in this project, villagers gain access to a water well, multiple community level trainings and handwashing stations.
Also from a nearby maternity clinic, workers are invited to participate in training to enhance their practice through theoretical and practical teaching on topics such as exclusive breastfeeding, infection, post-partum hemorrhage and neonatal resuscitation. To further solidify knowledge of staff in rural clinics in Benin, West Africa, GAiN is inviting health care professionals to be involved in a MNCH LIFE Team.
Prior to the trip (approx. three months) participants will use their expertise to plan and develop workshop material to review basic best practice principles surrounding prenatal, intranatal and post-partum care. This will be completed online with the group working collaboratively. Being able to pass on knowledge that is contextually adapted is essential for empowering clinic workers to work at a higher capacity. The team will be guided to make their practice and experience in Canada relevant for the local context.
By participating in this trip, interacting with locals and being immersed in the environment, participants would also experience the culture of Benin will gain understanding of the historical significance of the country.