Global WACh

July 18, 2018

SCOPE trains community leaders and health workers as Maternal Health Advocates for FLAME study

In June, the SCOPE program held a training for their FLAME study in Gondar, Ethiopia. FLAME, which stands for Faith Leaders Advocating for Maternal Empowerment, is testing an intervention that brings communities together to improve access to antenatal and delivery care for women in rural Ethiopia. The training brought 122 community leaders and health workers from across the North Gondar region who will be change agents in their community and promote safe pregnancy and delivery. The study, led by Dr. Getahun Asres at the University of Gondar, will follow the work of these change agents, known as Maternal Health Advocates, over the next year to see if their outreach increases the use of lifesaving and free health services in Ethiopia.  Follow our graduate student fellows from the University of Washington on the SCOPE blog, SCOPE stories, as they work alongside our partners at the University of Gondar in implementing the program.

Dr. Getahun Asres, who is leading FLAME, speaks to community participants at the training in June.

FLAME brings in community faith leaders to serve as Maternal Health Advocates, and promote safe pregnancy and delivery.

Faith leaders, community members, and health care workers gathered to learn how to advocate for improved access to antenatal and delivery care for women.

A training participant shares her thoughts.

Current SCOPE Fellow and UW Doctor of Nursing Practice student, Rebekah Maldonado-Nofziger, pictured with Dr. Getahun Asres

Community members received a certificate for participating in the training.

Photo credit: Florian Dahms
Participants provided consent to being photographed.