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Linda became interested in maternity care after realizing the problems faced by many women in her community. After analyzing the high rate of maternal and infant mortality, the preventative measures that the community needed to take became obvious. She now hosts monthly meetings with her community mobilization team to educate people within the community about how to prevent maternal and newborn deaths and the team goes out and shares this information with the community at mosques, markets, and water points.
Linda now maintains a registry of the pregnant women in her area and writes a referral for them to go to their local health center for pregnancy related care and delivery. She is a constant reminder to all of these women of the measures they can take to have a healthy pregnancy.
Now when a woman thinks she is going in to labor, they immediately knock on Linda’s door, where she accompanies them to the local health center either on foot or by motor-taxi. Without Linda’s help in her community the maternity mortality rate would have continued on a dire path.
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