Meet Ruth, a community health worker in the village of Kpindi in Togo, West Africa. In this photo, she’s holding her daughter, Grace, sitting on the porch of the Kpindi health center.
Ruth is one of the many women trained by Hope through Health professionals to provide lifesaving care to families through the Maternal and Child Health program launched in August 2015. Ruth and her colleagues travel miles to provide care, connect people to healthcare facilities and increase access to facility-based deliveries. Facility based delivery is encouraged, because births in a healthcare facility with a skilled delivery attendant can reduce stillbirth and maternal mortality by 20%.
Unfortunately, the Kpindi health center in Ruth’s village lacks electricity, running water, and bathrooms to serve the 6,000 people in the community. Ruth and her team of community health workers work daily in primitive conditions. These women have set goals of reducing maternal and child mortality, but require light, water, and bathrooms to provide quality care!
Community health work is a great career path for women in Togo, where professions for females are scarce. There are currently 45 community health workers in the area, and Hope Through Health plans to hire 50 more in the near future. The 30/30 Project, Hope through Health, and Construction for Change have plans to renovate the Kpindi Clinic, adding bathrooms, electricity, and running water. These renovations will increase access to healthcare, while also supporting Togolese community health workers in achieving their community health goals.
Help support these women and their their communities by giving to our No Mom Left Behind Campaign. We want to provide a space for these women to provide professional care to patients with dignity.