In sub-Saharan Africa, pregnancy and childbirth is one of the biggest threats to women and girls’ lives; two thirds of all global maternal deaths are women and girls from this region [WHO data 2019].
Access to support from a trained midwife can change this.
Our Christmas Challenge campaign ‘Health Begins with Her’ aims to raise support for our work to train midwives so that mothers are supported to give birth safely and their babies have the best start in life.
From midday on #GivingTuesday 29th November until 6th December 2022, every donation to the campaign will be doubled by our generous match-funders to support our work to remove the barriers that people face in accessing high-quality health care.
Will you help Amref train more midwives to ensure women and their babies are supported, before, during, and after birth?
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Go to https://bit.ly/AmrefBigGive between midday on 29th November and midday on 6th December
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Miriam Joseph and her baby son Joel in Maridi, South Sudan
South Sudan is one of the world’s most dangerous places to give birth, where only 1 in 5 births takes place in the presence of a skilled health worker.
This was what 25-year-old Miriam Joseph faced when she experienced complications while pregnant in Maridi, South Sudan. Miriam’s baby was in a breech position, making delivery difficult – and dangerous.
Thanks to the trusting relationship she developed with Hellen, her assigned midwife, the complications were quickly identified, and the danger subsided. Hellen supported Miriam to safely deliver her healthy baby boy, Joel.
Midwife Hellen Hadia in Maridi, South Sudan
“As a young girl, I told my grandfather that I would be a nurse,” says Hellen Hadia, a 25-year-old midwife-in-training at the Maridi Institute of Health Sciences, South Sudan.
And now she is a midwife, seeing mothers and children doing well after birth gives her satisfaction in her important role. She believes that women deserve to make decisions on issues that affect their lives.
Yet too often in South Sudan, this is not the case. Pregnancies and births are risky because the health system is under-funded and under-staffed.
We’re working with midwives like Hellen to ensure they have the skills to change this.
Midwife Joyce Bwalya Banda in Ndola, Zambia
Joyce (48) has been a midwife at the Mapalo clinic in Ndola, Zambia, for 14 years. In 2017, the government made it mandatory for all midwives to become fully qualified through the diploma course. The current diploma requirements mean Joyce must receive further training but due to staff shortages, she cannot miss her clinic.
Thanks to an E-Learning platform developed by Amref Health Africa, Joyce can upskill and be trained online without having to take time off from her vital work to ger her diploma.
JIBU E-learning Platform training more midwives in Zambia
With Amref’s JIBU E-learning platform, we use technology to enable digital remote learning, so nurses and midwives can upskill and increase their knowledge wherever and whenever they want.
Juness Ngambi (43), Associate Professor of E-learning at University of Ndola, finds the mix between practical and digital lessons is working well for students. She believes it can be a solution to the enormous staff shortage in healthcare in Zambia. "Through E-Learning, nurses and midwives […] can continue their work in the clinic."
Midwife, Catherine Aanyu in Katakwi, Eastern Uganda
6-year-old midwife, Catherine Aanyu is from Katakwi, Eastern Uganda and is currently building her skills through Amref Health Africa's E-Learning programme. She has been studying for her diploma in midwifery.
“I have learnt so much from my training,” says Catherine. “I really feel so happy and blessed, because with this new training I find myself succeeding and handling our mothers and babies so well.”
Midwife, Violet Boonabana in Kampala, Uganda
Violet Boonabana was raised by her aunt, a midwife, in Kampala. Growing up, Violet would admire the way her aunt cared for the women in their community.
Years later, Violet is a registered nurse and midwife herself, working on one of Kampala’s busiest maternity wards at Mengo Hospital.
Violet is among the nurses and midwives who have benefitted from Amref Health Africa's E-Learning programme. Designed to deliver specialist additional training via the internet, the programme is helping nurses and midwives in Uganda develop new life-saving skills. "The training has really built my confidence" says Violet.
Hear from Miriam on why everyone should have access to a midwife like Hellen:
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Double your impact today by giving through the Big Give!
once matched could provide £500 to train 2 midwives in Uganda in new-born care online via Amref’s e-Learning platform
once matched could provide £1,000 to train 2 midwives in Zambia in respectful maternity care
once matched could provide £5,000 to train a midwife in South Sudan supporting them to become fully qualified through the three-year midwifery diploma course
(Pictured: Midwife Hellen Hadia and her children Joel and Inji (c) Kennedy Musyoka; Midwife Joyce Bwalya Banda (c) Amref Health Africa; Midwives, students and mothers at Mapalo Health Centre (c) Amref Health Africa; Midwife Catherine Aanyu (c) Sam Vox; Midwife Violet Boonabana (c) Esther Mbabazi)