tv Asia Insight PBS October 14, 2015 6:30pm-7:01pm PDT
health, the college trains doctors and nurses and more recently, mid wives. since 2009, midwifery courses have been created at nine locations across the country. high school graduates train for two years, qualified nurses for one year. those who complete the courses are then dispatched to different regions around the country. so far, 1200 mid wives have been trained and licensed. the laos government ames to increase the number to 1500 by the end of 2015. laos is one of the poorest countries in asia. the country still lacks adequate medical services in rural areas and the mortality rate for
pregnant women is the worst among all the asean member nations. she completed her mid wife training three years ago. she has sole responsibility for 16 villages. she provides pregnant women regular health checks and teaches them about the importance of diet as well as what to expect before and after chile birth. old customs run deep in laos and sometimes clash with the modern world. many expectant mothers choose to ignore the advice of modern day midwives.
we follow a haotian midwife in her tireless quest to provide support and care for mothers and their new babies.laotian midwif her tireless quest to provide support and care for mothers and their new babies. laos sits in the middle of the understand doe china peninsula. the land is mostly mountainous with 80% of the population living in mountainous regions. the farming village of kapu is in the southern province and is home to around 1100 people. the health center is the only medical facility in a district of 16 villages.
the center's three doctors are only general practitioners. if a patient's illness is serious or surgery is required, they are sent to a hospital 10 kilometers away. midwife lochalis was posted to the health center three years ago. the 33-year-old is the district's first ever midwife. she is three months pregnant. she's 19 and has come here for her first consultation. she traveled on the back of her husband's motorbike from her village six kilometers away.
after the consultation, lochiana weighs out 10 kilos of rice, a gift for each pregnant woman who comes in. as well as providing nutrition, it encourages them to keep coming back. in the afternoon, lochiana heads out for a home visit. she's concerned about a woman in the late stages of pregnancy who didn't show up for her consultation. the woman lives in the village
12 kilometers away from the health center. lochiana currently cares for 70 pregnant women and is frequently called out when they unexpectedly go into labor or develop complications. 20 minutes after leaving, lochana arrives at her destination. the village is home to 260 people from the katu minority. the village chief shows the way to the expectant mother's house.
necessary a dormitory next door to the health center and remains on call for emergencies. her husband is used to the arrangement. he is a civil servant at the agriculture bureau and always gets home before lochiana. luchiana decided to become a health care professional during her deans when she developed an unknown condition which caused her leg to swell, making it difficult to walk.
seven different ethnic groups live in the 16 villages that she covers. on this day, she's visiting a home to 1200 people. many members of these ethnic minorities maintain long known traditions. one of liciana's major challenges is to change their beliefs about giving birth and raising infants. nevon has just had a baby boy two days ago at the health center. a charcoaled fire burns earn her bed. it's a traditional medical practice in post pregnancy treatment. the burning coals are thought to
when she first started, only about ten women came to the health center for regular checkups. now, thanks to steady efforts, that number has risen to 7037 the evening, she travels to the edge of kapu village. the village chief informed her about another pregnant woman. sesay is 27 and pregnant with her second child.
this edition of "newsline." i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. tension between israelis and palestinians is running high. police in israel shot dead a palestinian man who stabbed a woman near a bus terminal in central jerusalem. the israeli woman fled into a bus and was taken to a hospital. the incident took place in an area often crowded with tourists and locals. our correspondent in jerusalem says four or five gunshots were heard at the nhk office about 400 meters away. in a separate incident, israeli security forces fatally shot another pal