Pauline Nanfuka, 25, holds baby Florence, 6 months, while she talks with Village Health Team member, Sara Namafula, 30, in their village in Uganda.
In Uganda, World Vision works with the village health team members—two per village—to train them to do their jobs better. The village health team members are volunteer positions, elected by the community. They are the front line of health services for villagers in Uganda.
Sara’s training was put to the test when baby Florence was born earlier than expected.
Pauline Nanfuka, 25, received a mosquito net from World Vision when she was three months pregnant with Florence.
“All of the children had malaria before but now none of them have it,” she says. “Sara told me to sleep under the net. When I got pregnant with Florence, I went to Sara. I got labor pains. I didn’t know my due date. I called Sara. She put on gloves and helped me. I the morning, we went to the hospital.”
“I hadn’t ever delivered a baby before,” says Sara. “I learned through the training how to do it. We always have gloves. I cut the umbilical cord. In the morning, I took the baby to the hospital to explain what happened.”
Sara was prepared to deliver the baby because she listened to a weekly radio program Obbanywa, with content by World Vision. It has taught her to do her job better.
“I knew that if the baby cried, it was alive,” she says. “I put it to the breast immediately.”
“I never thought I would deliver a baby. I feel so good,” Sara says.
Because the baby came so quickly, she was born at the front door of the house. In Uganda, World Vision has trained more than 9,000 village health team workers like Sara.
Photo©2014 Jon Warren/WorldVision