Mighty Films was lucky enough to travel to Kenya (again!) in mid-2014 for the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne. The film we produced this time illustrates some of the key issues around maternal and child health care in pastoralist communities in Laikipia and Samburu Counties.
Shot over two weeks in 2014, we visited Maasai and Samburu communities and spoke to traditional birth attendants, and the doctors and nurses who are taking over from them as the primary carers of women having babies in these areas.
Both traditional and skilled (trained) birth attendants describe barriers to accessing health care (ranging from issues of distance and lack of transport, to the problem of elephants and other wild animals preventing travel at night!), as well as highlighting the positive outcomes they have experienced during this important transition.
The film was delivered in Kenya in Maa and Swahili with English subtitles for maximum accessibility in relevant communities – this is the English narrated version.