AUTHOR: Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese & Patricia Paddey
PUBLISHER: Ancaster, ON, Canada: SaveTheMothers.org, 2016, (225 pages).
- Delay in Decision-making
- Delay in Transportation
- Delay in Medical care
Working with local health officials and key leaders in the country of Uganda, Froese is convinced that the key is education. In 2003, she started a training program to highlight ways to improve the health systems and infrastructure. Called "Save the Mothers," it is not about infusion of foreign expertise but a partnership with local professions to help the indigenous people help themselves. The beautiful thing about this book is not techniques or methodologies but stories of real people. These are not just stories of neglect, abuse, or injustice inflicted on women. It is about ordinary people extending a simple hand of assistance. It is as simple as Ivan Godfrey Tibenkana offering to give a pregnant woman a ride to the hospital. It is as challenging as trying to change the cultural climate that tends to be discriminatory to women rights. There is Allen Nankunda Babihuga who is passionate about sharing healthcare knowledge with a largely illiterate population. The areas that SaveTheMothers organization are working in are extensive. From governments to local communities; medical care to water supply; education to equipping locals to help themselves, the book is filled with stories of individuals and photos of them in action.
The vulnerable women and children in Africa need hygiene and healthcare knowledge. We in the west need information on how to communicate and share that. They need water infrastructure knowhow. We can help supply that. They need their governments to act. We can enable our leaders to facilitate the processes. They need strategies in order to maximize their limited resources. We need wisdom on how to help them, not just giving them a handout. They have lots of people who can help. We need to find ways to harness and help them to help themselves. These are what SaveTheMothers and the many individuals in the book are doing. In the dark continent, Froese is one little light that is shining bright and strong. Paddey is helping to extend that.
Rating: 4.5 stars of 5.
This book is provided to me courtesy of the publisher and Graf-Martin Communications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.