Nicaragua Project

dorothy1 (2)Midwife Training

During 20 years of working with midwives and other community health workers in Mulukuku, Dorothy Granada learned that it isn’t enough to share information with midwives/health workers in a classroom.  The midwives/health workers return to their communities and are confronted with a reality far removed from the classroom.  What distinguishes the Pilot Project Skills to Save Lives is the assignment of mentors who are nurses from the health centers that serve the areas where the midwives/health workers live and work.  These mentors teach the week-long course, support the trained midwives/health workers in supervised hospital and clinic rotations, and meet regularly with their assigned trainees in health centers as well as in the midwives’ communities. The key to the project is the mentor’s establishment of a relationship of long-term accompaniment and friendship.