Low birthweight and neonatal mortality

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  This is a slide from one of the early lectures on the Newborn Care Course.  It outlines WHO’s priorities in the fight to bring down neonatal mortality (number of deaths per 1,000 live births) to “at least as low as 12 per 1,000” by 2030. Liberia’s neonatal mortality rate is 25 per 1,000 [UNICEF […]

“God put all these good things into titty water so why are we deviating?” [Kola on being asked about using formula milk]

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There is nothing, nothing so heartening as watching someone you’ve just trained as an instructor teaching better than you. This is Kola putting his all into his lectures, carrying his learners with him on a wave of enthusiasm.  A truly inspirational educator. He was good last year but, not only is he even better this […]

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

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We have been teaching the Generic Instructor Course today, one of the best train the trainer short courses in the world I think and it travels well.  We learnt about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in one of the sessions. Maslow (1943) divided this five-stage model into deficiency needs and growth needs. The first four levels […]

Rainy season

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In Liberia the climate is tropical, hot and humid all year round, with a rainy season from May to October due to the African monsoon, and pretty frequent rains in the other months, except in the short dry season that runs from December to February.  This makes for a green, lush environment in most of […]

Zwedru

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UK instructors, Jo and Julia, arrived in Zwedru on 2nd November along with local Liberian instructor trainees Kola, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (ANNP) with Maternal and Child Health Advocacy International (MCAI), Agnes, Gertrude and Christina, all of whom have been trained as neonatal clinicians (nurses with extended roles) within the MCAI programme.  Kola has been […]

Kalafong wraps

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                Kim and Julia have been busy in London (and Alison in Amersham) making these baby slings for mothers of preterm babies in Liberia.  They will be used on the training courses in November and then left in country for use on the neonatal unit.  Skin to skin […]