Giving life should be a time of joy, not death. Yet the disturbing truth is that on average, each year in sub-Saharan Africa 200.000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth. Sadly, most of these deaths could be easily prevented if basic medical care was available.
Training health workers, particularly midwives, is the most cost-effective way to reduce maternal mortality. In light of the tremendous shortage of health workers at all levels across Africa, Amref Health Africa has committed to training 15.000 midwives.One trained midwife can look after up to 500 mothers every year.
Here we aim to raise 20.000 Euro to support the campaign "Stand Up for African Mothers".
This amount can for example secure the training of two examinated midwifes in South Sudan where 95% of deliveries take place at home without any professional medical assistance.
Esther Madudu (photo) is an Ugandan midwife and the face of the campaign. She has delivered babies at night by the light of a mobile phone held in her mouth, Esther says:
"Even though I work in very difficult circumstances, I know I do an important job. Besides the training I got in nursing school, Amref Health Africa has given me knowledge and skills in additional areas such as how to handle severe malaria in pregnancy, post-abortion care, immunisation, and complications in delivery. The training that Amref gave to the Village Health Teams has helped us greatly too, because most mothers are referred to us in good time for deliveries.”