Women in Liberia often lack access to vital health care and health education due to rough terrains making it hard to get to clinics . It is very common for these women to lose their babies during the pregnancy or even a few months after the births, when it could have been prevented by a visit to the clinic.
Some Peace Corps Volunteers, like Kayla, take special interest in women's health care because they know these deaths and diseases can be prevented . During her first trip to Liberia, Kayla met a pregnant woman who she became friends with. In Liberia, women name their babies after people they are friends with or look up to. The woman was going to name her baby after Kayla , but the baby died.
Kayla used this tragedy to fuel her desire to educate Liberian women and their husbands about how to have healthy, happy pregnancies.
Kayla went back to her school and introduced a Health Advocacy Initiative club (HAI). Students who were interested in the health or medical field joined and focused on creating a "Big Belly Bootcamp" to educate and prevent the deaths and illnesses of infants in Liberia.
HAI developed their "Big Belly Bootcamp" and over the period of four days taught about healthcare and prevention in front of a group of Liberians men and women.
Because the men and women were educated, their babies were born happy and healthy.