Maternal health in Kenya needs vast improvement. Each day, 15 women and 290 children die as a result of pregnancy complications, giving birth, HIV and other curable and preventable childhood diseases.
Necessity dictated that I learn rapidly, so I was taught by an operating assistant. Using a small generator to provide light and suction, ether for anesthesia and nursing aids, I was able to carry out many life-saving C- sections, often in the dead of night.
While their circumstances are all very different, one theme has been present in every country I've visited -- the undeniable role nurses play in maintaining the health and well-being of their communities.