In 2020, MOMENTUM began working closely with the government and national and local organizations so women, children and families could have access to high-quality and respectful maternal, newborn, and child healthcare, voluntary family planning, and reproductive health services, through the private and public sectors. MOMENTUM works in some of the world’s most fragile and conflict-affected settings to improve the health of those who live there.
In April 2022, I joined MOMENTUM as the Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist in our Goma office. I am doing my childhood dream job, serving vulnerable groups affected by war and disaster.
A big part of my communications tasks is to report on the stories and results of MOMENTUM’s work from the communities we serve. Every day there is something new to discover. For example, as part of the larger objectives of building capacity, strengthening the quality of care at health facilities, and improving overall service delivery, MOMENTUM installed solar panels in several health facilities in my area. These relatively simple devices have been vital to meeting our larger project goals. I got to take photos and speak with mothers who can now give birth safely at night and the staff who are better able to attend to them because of improved lighting.
The most challenging aspect of my job is dealing with complex environments every day, amid war and other conflicts, epidemics, even a volcanic eruption. In the field, I communicate with a lot of the people we serve. They ask me questions I cannot answer like, “When will the war finish? When will Ebola finish?”
Every day, I see MOMENTUM’s impact: People receive COVID-19 information and vaccines, mothers and children have better prenatal, delivery and postnatal care, and community health workers are better trained to work in their districts. Sometimes, when I ask people in the community about their hopes for the future, they tell me, “Mussa, I want to work with MOMENTUM, just like you!” This provides me with the motivation to keep serving every day.