Maman Agathe: the Lady in Pink

The sign above the entryway at the Village d’Accueil.
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Agathe Farini Sena, otherwise known as Maman Agathe, is a counselor at the Village d’Accueil, or Home Village, in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where women with high-risk pregnancies stay as they wait to give birth. By staying here, they have access to high-quality health care at the adjacent MSF-supported Masisi general hospital, where last year MSF and Ministry of Health teams delivered more than 3,000 babies. Maman Agathe makes sure the 70-odd mothers-to-be staying at the Village d’Accueil are happy, healthy, and at ease in the days before the big event. She helps these women—many of whom have been displaced or otherwise affected by North Kivu’s decades-long war—as they settle into the facility.

The sign above the entryway at the Village d’Accueil.
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Maman Agathe walks to work through Masisi town.
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Women gather around the clean water tap in the Village d’Accueil.
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Maman Agathe gives a hug to one of the women at the Village d’Accueil.
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Maman Agathe does the roll call in the morning at the Village d’Accueil.
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Women sing and dance together at the Village d’Accueil.
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Maman Agathe dances with the pregnant women staying at the Village d’Accueil.
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Women seated during the roll call.
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Maman Agathe gives a presentation on breastfeeding as part of her work sensitising the women at the Village d’Accueil.
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Maman Agathe speaks with a woman staying at the Village d’Accueil in Masisi.
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