Motivated by this insight, Doug and Dawn worked toward developing a solution that would be a two-pronged approach. Firstly, to raise funds to secure and build two Abōd Shelters® to act as the first Birthing Center. Secondly, to upgrade the mid-wifery education and training to modern standards by bringing in a certified Midwife Medical Expert to help train local mid-wives. The plan has taken time to implement but progress has been steady. Identifying the right Medical Expert to complete the education mandate took time. However, now that the Midwife Expert who came from the major city of Accra is practicing on site, we are happy to share Asikuma’s local Mama’s and babies are now being born in a much better facility. The flagship Abōd Birthing Center is now functioning and making a difference in the lives of Mama’s and their children thereby improving their chances for a better quality of life.
One good thing leads to another… In working with another medical ministry STEMM.org in Tanzania, it became apparent the birthing conditions in rural Tanzania are in as dire conditions. One of the primary ways the Abōd could help was to build an Abōd Birthing Center as an adjunct to the community medical hospital. We have a great basis of learning to build upon from our work in Ghana.