Clinic Staff Spotlight: Ruth Fisher
In 2018, the infant mortality rate in Burundi was 41.58 deaths for every 1,000 live births, which placed the country in the top 20 countries in the world with the highest infant mortality rate. The maternal mortality rate is 548 deaths per 100,000 live births. While these numbers have steadily declined over the past two decades, more can be done to ensure safe births are an option for the women and children in Burundi. Ruth Fisher, our nurse and midwife at Cornerstone Clinic, is helping to change the way in which healthy babies are brought into our world.
Ruth has been with TCOAC since October 2018. When asked why TCOAC was the place for her to serve, Ruth shared that Jesus clearly highlighted Burundi to her in 2014 and she had known since then that she wanted to come but didn’t know when or how. Then in 2018, Ruth was put in touch with Samantha and Isai. At the time, TCOAC started offering free maternity care to people from two of the mountains in the area, which prompted an increase in the number of births previously experienced at the Clinic. This was great news for Ruth who studied to become a midwife. It was clearly Jesus’ timing!
During Ruth’s time at TCOAC, she has witnessed firsthand what God’s healing hands can do. With more than 120 births at the Clinic during her tenure, Ruth has offered her services, her prayers and her love to babies and mothers alike. When asked about her biggest challenge, Ruth cites the language barrier and only being able to speak English. Sometimes communicating with fellow staff members and patients can be difficult; however, the language of peace, comfort and hope is universal. Ruth is very impressed by her fellow staff members who know Kirundi, French and English!
Ruth’s greatest joy is being able to bring new life into the world in a place she has grown to love. Ruth shares, “Birth is something I am passionate about and it was such a privilege to be able to encourage and stand by women as they labored and gave birth.” We feel incredibly privileged to have had Ruth in our midst every day making a difference in the lives of so many babies and mothers. She is faithful. She is kind. She is exactly what the people of Burundi needed.
God Bless You, Ruth.