The Responsibility of Nurturing
Midwives such as Mrs. Wijesinghe are key figures in small rural communities such as this village in Medawachchiya. They carry out their duties by promoting and monitoring maternal health and nutrition in small communities, spreading the knowledge of wholesome child care with her routine checks every month. It's through people like her that Australian Aid initiatives in promoting child nutrition is disseminated among small communities. "I've been doing rounds in this area for the last 29 years and I've been there from the day a lot of these mothers were born, so everyone sees me as a part of their family."