Knowledge is the gateway to improving practices; one cannot put into practice something that he does not know. Going with this logic, team NB has been persistent in its educational campaign in improving the health of its community. Among its educational campaign is that of improving the rate of quality prenatal visits of the pregnant women in the community as well as promoting good health among this population through better knowledge and practices on family planning. In line with this, the group has come up with a lecture and open forum session with the women of reproductive age in the community. This session has since been called the “Mothers’ class”, an educational gathering of mothers and future mothers of the community. This mothers’ class has become almost a regular activity of the group during their community immersions.
This time is no exception, another mothers’ class was held inviting all women of reproductive age in the community. It focuses on the monthly schedule of the local Rural Health Unit in coming to the community to offer prenatal services, the services to be expected at each semester of the pregnancy, the benefits of these services to the mother and her child, the common complications and danger signs of pregnancy, and the types of family planning method available.
When a woman becomes a mother, it awakens a sense of maturity and responsibility. She may feel the need to learn more to protect herself and her child. The mothers’ class meets these needs by making the necessary information accessible to them and when it comes to disseminating knowledge, good communication is the key. This brings the community and the medical students together, forming a support group where they can also learn from each other and encourage one another. This also develops trust and a sense of responsibility in both parties.
Fatimah Efthihar Karanain