Although clinics are available in all the refugee camps, many women prefer the comfort of a home birth. Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) assist with these births to ensure that the mother and child are safe. KWO encourages and advocates for TBAs in all 7 Karen camps and throughout Karen State. In Mae La Oon and Mae Ra Moe camps, KWO also provides direct material assistance and training to practising TBAs. Newly arrived TBAs from Karen State were given training as necessary to familiarise them with the use of all hygiene items. In Karen State access to clinics and hospitals is limited for those in rural locations, and pre-natal care is often not administered.
TBA Committees: KWO helped to establish and organise regular meetings of TBA Committees in the two camps. The committees consisted of a TBA representative from each section. They met regularly to organise training, share information, solve problems and advocate for their role in the community.
Central and District levels of KWO advocate for recognition of TBAs, for birth registration and for certificates for all children, and for the National Health system to be decentralized and recognize existing ethnic health systems.
Health awareness sessions: The project staff, collaborating with KWO, TBAs, TBA trainers and other health agency staff, run health awareness sessions for women in the community.
KWO is an ethnic women’s community-based organization that empowers women so they have capacity and power to solve their own problems and participate in decision-making that will affect their lives.
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