The WODathon update!!

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!

Boston Tea Party!!

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 🙂

July charity of the month!

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!

March 2017 trip report

Once again a fantastic trip. A trip to Bo and some fantastic news; The new midwifery school, is opening up there at the end of the year! Keep your eyes peeled for future trips there! A visit to Magboroka, Mekeni and the midwifery school there too, as well as visits to Freetown and Waterloo! Very busy indeed!

Have a read of the report and a look at the pictures here

Thank you all for supporting us. The next planned trip is the beginning of May. The next event is coming up soon. If you would like to attend our fundraising events, support us or fundraise for us then do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Latest trip to SL (March)

We are currently in Sierra Leone visiting areas up country (rather than in the main city) where we could extend our work area. Branching out to areas less fortunate than the main city is essential for the growth of good midwifery practice in the whole of Sierra Leone. We are mainly focusing on Bo and Magboroka which are areas nearer the middle of the country. Keep updated with our Facebook and Instagram accounts! Our report will be available shortly after our return. Within the next few weeks!

Robin Woolgar Photography

As those of you who came last night to the the ball will have seen, we have an amazing collection of photographs that have been taken over many trips to Sierra Leone. In Feb 16 Robin Woolgar photography joined us on our trip and took some absolutely stunning images.

We are pleased to offer new edition prints from this collection in a variety of sizes, A3, A2, A4 with all profits going to The African Maternity Link. Please please visit his website by clicking here and view these absolutely stunning images he has captured of one of the most raw, breathtaking and beautiful places in this world. If you wish to order you may do so through Robins website but please let us know so we can thank you personally for your contribution

Report on November 2016 follow up visits

The African Maternity Link

Sierra Leone- November 2016

 

This trip is planned as a feedback and evaluation follow up, concluding October’s workshops.

Whilst workshops are a great teaching tool here in Sierra Leone, bridging the gap between theory and practice and making sure our teachings are being implemented in the clinics and hospitals is an essential means to reducing the maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity rate.

Healthcare professionals who have attended our workshops we hope have cascaded their training to others in their unit. It is essential to visit the units to establish their support network, systems, and supervision and to assess what needs they have. Many small units may not have vital equipment needed, space or staff to facilitate midwifery to a basic standard. Many units have one midwife with healthcare assistants and students supporting them. Some have no midwife at all. These women do assist at deliveries and need to be taught a basic level of midwifery regarding obstetric emergencies and neonatal resuscitation.

 

Travelling personnel

Oli Jeacock- NHS midwife

Michelle Johnstone- NHS midwife

 

Aims of the trip

  • To follow up 16 units whom attended workshops in August and have not received follow up yet
  • To follow up units/maternity staff who have been identified as key link workers/mentors.
  • Deliver neonatal resuscitation training
  • Observe units availability of emergency equipment and designated neonatal resuscitation area
  • Attend meetings and liaising with other NGO organisations to plan future work, feedback on the programme enrolled currently and to establish any areas for improvement within our programme
  • Attain feedback from previous workshops and ascertain whether training has been cascaded.
  • Observe practice in chosen units if time allows
  • Discuss the use of the partogram and whether using it is making a difference as to whether small units refer in to PCMH sooner.

Please read our full report (including pictures) by clicking on the link below..

Furthermore, for abbreviations click on the link 🙂

Any questions then feel free to comment. Happy reading! Thank you for the ongoing support!

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Follow up visits

We are currently in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The purpose of this trip is to provide follow up visits to those units who have undertaken training with us during our October workshops, and facilitate neonatal resuscitation teaching by the use of aids, discussion and role play.

So far- so good! We have managed to visit three units per day, accompanied by our charity liase Morlai, and firstly we have been really impressed with the cleanliness and order within the facilities. The Ebola crisis brought a huge infection prevention and control programme into place, and it is so fantastic to see the same systems in place one year later. Every unit visited to date utilises clean water, soapy water and 0.5% chlorine water to maintain cleanliness and sanitation, as well as inviting every person to wash their hands thoroughly before entering the unit.

We are always received in a friendly manner, especially by those who recognise us from our previous workshops. Midwives, healthcare professionals and even doctors are so keen to learn, refresh knowledge and even cascade skills learned to their colleagues- which is so positive.

For the purpose of this trip, we have used a realistic training aid named ‘Baby Anne’ to facilitate hands on resuscitation of the newborn. By ensuring healthcare professionals in Sierra Leone have access to regular training sessions and workshops, as we do in the UK, our aim is to help improve maternity services and care provision wherever possible; improving mother and infant mortality and morbidity.

Feel free to follow us on facebook and Instagram: theafricanmaternitylink, to see photos and follow our adventures!

We are now official a registered charity!! Woohoo!!

The African Maternity Link has been registered as a charity with the Charity Commission under number 1169905.

 

We are officially a registered charity! This has been months in the pipeline as it takes quite a while to sort out everything officially. Before now we were working under the status of a “health link” which twinned us (on behalf of Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust) with Lumley hospital in Freetown. We are now more appropriately able to continue our work in Sierra Leone, linking Sierra leone midwives with UK midwives.

 

The African Maternity Link has 6 trustees named:

Helena White- Chairman

Oli Jeacock

Liz McSporran- Bates

Kathy Humpherson

Karen Cauvin

Gaynor Massoud