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Reference : V-P-UG-E-00317
Date : 23/11/2008
Country/Region : UGANDA
Caption : Northern Uganda, Gulu district. Mothers waiting for medical consultation in front of a clinic newly rehabilitated by the ICRC.
Photographer : YAZDI, Pedram
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : The ICRC is building social responsibility by facilitating training of Village Health Teams (VHTs), Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and Community-Owned Resource Persons (CORPs). This is part of the government's efforts to involve communities in the management of the health centres. These volunteers do not earn salaries, but receive tokens of appreciation - such as soap, T-shirts and boots.

The idea behind this voluntarism is to empower local communities to be in charge of their own health services and ensure proper drug supply.

Training of TBAs is part and parcel of safe motherhood and reproductive health. The ICRC wants to ensure safe and clean delivery of babies by recognizing possible problems during the pregnancy.

"Here the women are very fertile and have many children. Our work is to educate them on the benefits of having properly-spaced pregnancies/children," observed Vicky Adokorach, a birth attendant.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3872x2592
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour