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Training to help newly born babies breathe underway in Choma

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Participants carrying a task during the training

Participants carrying a task during the training

Dr. Michael demonstrating to Nurses how to help the baby breathe

Dr. Michael demonstrating to Nurses how to help the baby breathe

Dr. Mirriam Libetwa from Save the Children looking at participants as they carry on a task

Dr. Mirriam Libetwa from Save the Children looking at participants as they carry on a task

With 6 percent babies born in Zambia dying due to lack of proper healthcare, a training to help newly born babies breathe has begun in Choma, the provincial capital of Southern province.

Lead facilitator Dr. Michael Visick, a Pediatrician from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Charities in US told Nurses drawn from various districts Health Centre attending that the training will have to make a difference and serve lives of born babies. He explained that with the skill being imparted in the Nurses attending the training an increased number of babies will now be served.

The training is being organized by Zambia Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in conjunction with Save the Children, a Charity organization and the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Healthcare (MCDMCH).

Dr. Visick said the two-day training will have more practice than theory. By time of publication the Nurses were doing some practices.
Jesus Latter-Day Saints apart from offering the training will also donate the medical equipment to all the Health Centres where the participants are coming.

“We are here to help bring the children Helping Babies Breathe, Midwives and Nurses in Health Centres serve babies. We are here to make a difference,” Dr. Visick told the Nurses.

Dr. Visick who flew in the country with Stehpen Whipple on Saturday will hold second training in Mazabuka, Southern province before flying back to US.

Allen Lyle and Karen the two humanitarian missionary currently in Zambia will monitor the programme.

100 people will be trained in Zambia and will go back to their health centres to train their colleagues. The programme will run for six months.

The Church is also offering the training to Zimbabwe, Congo DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Egypt among other countries in Africa.

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