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Mormons in Africa: Church Humanitarian Initiatives Give Life

by | Feb. 24, 2011

Opinions & Features

Dr. Mohammed S. Swaray is an eyewitness to what can happen when a hospital staff does not know how to help a newborn baby breathe. During one early morning in August 2009 in Liberia, a newborn baby boy was discolored from lack of oxygen. The hospital staff used all its resources to resuscitate the child, but the baby passed away.

“What we didn’t have at that time was the knowledge of how to use the equipment properly and in the right order,” Dr. Swaray said. “The area was very chaotic.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in partnership with national health organizations and ministries of health around the world, has sent volunteer physicians and nurses to instruct birth attendants on neonatal resuscitation techniques. With this training, attendants are able to save the lives of babies who have breathing difficulties at birth. To date, Church volunteers have trained over 53,000 Africans like Dr. Swaray in neonatal resuscitation techniques.

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