In Photos: Thinking of the Syrian Mothers in Need of Care, and those Risking their Lives to Provide…
The situation in Syria has been unrelenting. As another year of horrific events comes to a close, our thoughts are with all of the Syrian mothers and children who are especially vulnerable in humanitarian crises such as this.
Medical supplies have been increasingly limited and the need for tangible supplies, trained medical workers and medicines is more critical now than ever. Pregnant women are without prenatal care and healthcare providers are scarce. The compassionate care of midwives is especially needed when trauma is imminent. Especially those equipped with psychological first aid training required of first responders.
Earlier this year Every Mother Counts deployed an emergency grant to Circle of Health International to lead a midwifery training workshop for Syrian midwives in Gaziantep, Turkey. At the time, health workers had become targets and the only way to ensure that women could access appropriate maternity care was to train and equip midwives to go back into Syria. But it was only a drop in the bucket of the need that is there now.
The training itself was postponed several times due to restricted travel for the Syrian midwives who intended to participate. It took six months to initiate the training.
The workshop was offered to seven Syrian midwives over three days and consisted of clinical management of postpartum hemorrhagic emergencies, neonatal recussitation and lessons on how to integrate trauma based care. The goal was to ensure that over 50,000 women and children’s lives could be impacted by the training conducted – but that is only if these seven midwives survive and are able to continue to provide services even while under constant threat.
Every Mother Counts is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth is safe for every mother, everywhere. We are thinking of the Syrian mothers in need of care and the people who are trained to serve them, especially those working in conditions such as these and risking their own lives to save the lives of others.
Below are some of those dedicated trainees, who were photographed during the training in June.