Florence began her training as a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) in 2001, with the NGO SOU in Nakeseke District.
Her interest stemmed from childhood when she assisted her grandmother, who was also a TBA, in gathering herbs. She was never allowed in the room, but was always very curious about how the “baby came out of the belly button” as she had been told. When SOU came into her community asking for TBAs she signed up for the training for she had already assisted in three deliveries. She remains to this day extremely proud of her certificate.
Florence wears many hats; as a mother of eight she manages to remain quite active in her community as a village health team member, a counselor for children and families, a trainer of trainees, as well as finding time to tend to a large garden and animals! At Shanti, Florence works as our TBA, teaches prenatal yoga, assists with Teen Girl’s Workshops and is a resource for mobilizing the surrounding villages.
She has been with Shanti since the days of construction and wears that as a badge of honour!