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Lao Birthwork

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Dear friends,
With the help of your generous donations and gofundme,  we travelled to Laos in January this year to present a 5 day training to over 30 midwives, healthworkers, district trainers and obstetricians .

Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a high maternal and infant mortality rate. Luang Prabang province is situated in the north of Laos where it is mountainous and populated with a great number of diverse ethnicities. Most villagers live at subsistence level.

The training was enthusiastically received, with heartfelt requests to return and do a follow up training in December this year.

The follow up would entail visiting Luang Prabang Province in Northern Laos once again, and each of the district hospitals at Chomphet & Phonesay, where we would facilitate a 3 day workshop with participants coming in from their outlying villages.

Afterwards, we will travel to the most remote villages within each district to gain better insight in to the way of life there, and the problems they face. (One young health worker who came from a remote outreach area, rode for 12 hours on a motorbike with her husband and baby to attend the workshop in Luang Prabang.)

So once again, we need your help to raise funds to be able to continue to do this work.

This time, we hope to raise $10,000.

This will cover bringing participants together and accommodating and feeding them for the duration of  training at a district level. We also have to  cover the cost of a Laos translator, buy supplies and relevant equipment and education materials, and cover our accommodation expenses. We are also in the process of publishing a booklet based on the posters we created for the initial training. This picture booklet with simple reminders and skills will become a template for use in any other culture.

We have also been invited to do further trainings within Laos, so we are seeing this project as a long term one .

Eating just 1 egg a day can make a significant difference to a woman and baby’s wellbeing in Laos. In our privileged culture, per week that’s the equivalent value of one cup of bought coffee.

This gofundme campaign is called ‘Lao Birthwork’. Please share as widely as you canand private donations and fundraising initiatives are also welcome.


Jenny Blyth
Toolara Forest QLD

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