Our second outreach in upper Tinglayan was carried out with more smoothness and excellence than we could have dreamed. We spent five days hiking through five different Butbut villages that we had never visited before and we held outreaches in three of those villages. We were more excited than five year olds on Christmas morning as we set off on our adventure hiking through the mountains. That excitement turned into overwhelming joy with ecstatic smiles that grew bigger with every new village we entered. We were warmly welcomed in each village and were repeatedly thanked for coming to visit. Each outreach started with a game to get everyone laughing, worship and devotion, a health teaching, a yummy snack, and a prenatal to make sure all the mothers and babies were healthy. The midwife in the village of Loccong expressed gratitude for us coming to educate the women on the importance of vaccinations and taking vitamins; topics that she had struggled with teaching.
We learned that even though each village has a midwife, oftentimes, the midwife is only trained in accessing risk factors such as checking a woman’s blood pressure but is not skilled in dealing with emergency situations such as resuscitation or stopping a hemorrhage. These skills are the difference between life and death for these women where a transport would involve an hour or more hike down the mountain, finding transportation that often does not exist at night, and driving for two more hours to the nearest hospital. In every village the women requested us to start another clinic closer to them.
We are looking forward to continuing outreaches in the mountains.