Understanding the needs and concerns of our patients is very important, so that we can care for them properly.  The clinical staff at Maternity Africa also need to explain important and life-saving concepts to our patients as well.  Today, as we celebrate International Mother Language Day, we are thankful to our staff who are able to communicate so clearly and effectively with fistula patients, family planning clients and new mothers.  Many of our staff can speak at least three languages – Kiswahili, Maasai and English.