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Saving the lives

of mothers

and new-born

babies in Africa.

Supporting the education of the people who provide medical care.

Saving the lives of mothers and new-born babies in Africa by supporting the education of the people who provide medical care.

This means that local people are empowered and that care for pregnant women is sustainable.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

Chinese proverb

Every year, an estimated half a million women die worldwide as a result of childbirth [1]; most of these deaths occur in South East Asia and sub Sahara Africa. Deaths of these essentially fit, healthy women are avoidable and a tragedy for their family and their existing children, few of who will survive if their mother dies before they reach the age of 5 years. The global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is estimated at 400 per 100 000 pregnancies. In the UK, there are around 7 direct maternal deaths per 100 000 pregnancies, but in some parts of the world the MMR is over 1000 per 100 000 . Put another way, the lifetime chance of a woman dying as a result of pregnancy and childbirth in some low-income countries is around 1 in 6 [1]!