In Herat, Afghanistan, there are 100,000 Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs), who have moved to the camps outside the city from all over the country of Afghanistan. They come here because of the insecurity of their own town or because of the drought in their region. They are refugees within their own country. These families have left everything in the hopes of basic survival. The needs of pregnant women are especially acute in these areas as they hope to not lose yet another baby.
This year, Morning Star has been sending a team of four trainers into these make-shift camps to teach Birth Life Saving Skills (BLiSS) to men and women. Families continue to bear children in these camps and have a less successful birthrate than those who live in the villages.[Read more…]