In a small village an hour outside Kano I was asked to photograph a large congregation of people inside a small courtyard. Apparently this was the beginning of a wedding ceremony where Traditional Birth Attendants take the opportunity to dispense birth control materials and engage in family planning discussions. My initial impression was that there were more birth attendants than guests, but it was only the very beginning of the celebration.
Two experienced TBA’s from CEDPA ( Center for Development and Population Activities) were among the first guests.
Traditional Birth Attendants gathered in one of the rooms adjacent to the courtyard. Frankly, I did not see much interaction between them and the guests. Perhaps they were planning their strategy, or more likely just resting before the guests arrived.
A few scenes from the courtyard:
A retired birth attendant.
A retired birth attendant, her colleague ( also retired) and her granddaughter.
Male Peer Counselors visit the marketplace to counsel males on the importance of family planning.
Finally, Pathfinder volunteers at a university in Kano dispensing information on AIDS prevention.
I will be completing this series of with two new posts on PPFA’s work in a Christian community in northern Nigeria.