The Spring edition of Midwifery Matters features a publication by ourselves. ‘A midwifes diary’ Exploring how The African Maternity Link aims to improve birth outcomes through education and training. Please have a read. Any feedback is much appreciated. Click this link to read A midwife’s diary
As most of you know who follow our story. We are a very small self funded charity, compromising of UK midwives who run the charity and give up their annual leave to come to Sierra Leone and teach these wonderful midwives, nurses, healthcare assistants and sometimes doctors. Without fundraising donations and regular monthly donors this work is not possible. Consistent input is what is needed to make real changes to the maternal and neonatal morbidity and morality rates here.
Imagine living in a country where you don’t say ‘congratulations’ on becoming pregnant but instead ‘good luck’ for you don’t know if you or your baby will survive pregnancy, labour or post birth. In fact you have a 1:21 chance of dying in labour and your baby has 1:5 chance.
We are helping to change these awful statistics. 4 years ago it was 1:8, so change is possible! We teach, update, train staff as well as support them professionally where we can. We work with the ministry of health and the midwifery schools here to provide evidenced based training to a variety of clinics and community level units, ensuring early referrals are made and midwifery skills are increased.
Please think about becoming a regular monthly donor. As little as £5-10 a month could ensure our work continues as regularly as possible! Monthly donations can be set up using our charity account details as well as one off donations. However you can also use our just giving page, or how about thinking of fundraising for us??
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Everyone is equal. Its a life postcode lottery. We are all human. Help us help them today and save lives through education and training. 💟💟💟
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Yay!! We won an award! Not just any award either. A British Journal of Midwifery award!
Oli Jeacock was nominated, shortlisted, finalised and then chosen as the winner of the Contribution to International Midwifery award 2018. A fantastic achievement for us. We are thrilled to be appreciated for all the hard work we put into The African Maternity Link to keep it running and financially feasible!
Another successful follow up trip to Freetown and Waterloo.
A trip to Bo to see the new Midwifery school and the brand new student midwives. We will be linking up with Bo Midwifery school to help keep staff and students updated in professional skills.
See HERE for the full report.
A successful trip compromising of two, two day workshops in Freetown and Waterloo. Follow up visits were also done to establish working relationships between units and to find out information on cascading of training and working environments. Please see HERE to see the report, complete with many pictures!
We have two volunteers who left yesterday for Freetown and Bo so be sure to keep an eye out on social media for updates and pictures!
A successful trip this October to SL. We facilitated two sets of two day workshops. One in Freetown and one in Waterloo, aiming to engage attendees from Western urban and western rural areas. These were very successful! We hope that you have enjoyed all of the photos and updates on social media! We have been to 14 units to follow up and managed to include another two new units into our remit, now equalling approximately 48 units we work with in this area. We have received donations from World Medical Relief of equipment and two new delivery beds (sent to Kroo bay and Calaba town), donations from some of our UK hospitals that we work in and finally once again we were supported by AYK trading in Sierra Leone who provided a car and driver for our trip.
Keep updated for the report and updated photograph gallery on the website shortly! 🙂
We are still campaigning for monthly donars. Any consistent amount makes an incredible difference to The African Maternity Link and the people of Sierra Leone, whether it be £5, £10 or £20 per month, it all will make a huge difference so please do get in touch via email@example.com or get in touch via messenger on one of our social media sites.
I am so proud to be able to say that the WODathon 2017 has officially raised £2443.01 for The African Maternity Link. Through sheer hard work and great support from all at Crossfit Cheltenham we have managed to raise a staggering amount. A huge difference will be made to all those in Sierra Leone. We will be able to facilitate some incredibly important workshops with this money, allowing us to continue our work on a regular basis, ensuring our 3 monthly visits are also met. Thank you to all who sponsored and supported us again this year!
Very exciting news! Boston tea party Cheltenham are the newest sponsors of The African Maternity Link. Not only are they going to be supporting our events with raffle prizes, donations and plenty of cake and juice, they will be raising money for us every other month with their in house music nights! Soooo watch this space on our events page to hear all about attending.
If you know anyone who would like to become a sponsor then please do get in touch! We are very grateful for the kind hearts of all 🙂
Great news for us! We have been appointed July charity of the month with UK award winning parenting and support network site Cheltenham Maman. 10% of their profits this month will be heading our way to help the Mamans of Sierra Leone, whether through education and training or through buying some much needed equipment, we have yet to decide how to spend this little bit of extra cash! We are very lucky to have been chosen to be supported by such a well known network! Its great publicity for us too! Read our blog article up on their website http://cheltenhammaman.co.uk/charity-of-the-month/ and enjoy reading a little more about what is like for the midwives of Sierra Leone and what we do to help them! Check out Cheltenhammaman on Facebook too!