Many women are illiterate and just do not know about their rights to proper care. Traditionally, our husbands do not take any duties around a child’s birth so all the responsibility falls on the women’s shoulders.
Recently I have had the opportunity to join a project led by Tearfund where I became a “Mother Buddy”. This means I have received some training on maternal health and I can now befriend pregnant women in my community and provide them with support if they are worried.
I use a special app on a mobile phone called MiHope and stay in touch with a doctor who monitors all my entries and intervenes if need be. Thanks to the training I received I am now able to identify vulnerable pregnant women in my community and help them attend regular check-ups
Then I encourage fathers to accompany their wives and support them throughout their pregnancies as well as learn about family planning with their wives.
I am so glad to be part of this programme. I know all the ladies I support personally and I am always available to them should they need some advice. Or if they are worried about anything we have our MiHope phones and help is available at the touch of a button.