Marit Stene Severinsen, a career midwife in Norway who trained Nurses and Midwives members of the Rwanda Nurses and Midwives Union (RNMU) on the Post-Partum Hemorrhage (PPH) management and Helping Baby Breathe (HBB) techniques between 22nd and 25th April 2016 lauded their commitment.

She said that though a challenging environment that they are working in, their commitment'action/ is unquestionable which she credited to noticeable relative good job they are doing to contribute reducing infant and maternal mortality rate.

“I reckon Rwanda nurses and midwives are doing commendable job though working conditions challenges that are common especially in Less Developed Countries,” she said.

“Nurses and midwives have to keep holding their heads up. Nurses and midwives must inspire positive changes. We have to be optimistic to achieve that. I also am optimistic that Rwanda Ministry of Health will help increasing the number of qualified nurses and midwives which is a prerequisite to better medical care services delivery,” Marit noted.

For Marit, however a relative insufficient number of nurses and midwives at health center facilities in relation to catchment area which results in a challenging situation where health centers are not able to provide two birth attendants per delivery as per standard, the training on PPH and HBB will go a long way to address this issue especially as they now know what steps to take at the right time to help newborn and their mothers.

“Nurses and midwives are equally important to infant and maternal health. They are expected to provide standard services during birth. They were trained on PPH management as well as on HBB. Such training is provided yearly in Norway because while we have enough educational background in the field, we need to freshen up, and that is the essence of this training,” Marit reiterated.

She reminded that the most important thing is that nurses and midwives abide to regulations and procedures while acknowledging that a relative low number of professionals in practice is still a challenge.