Life For African Mothers
Life For African Mothers
Life for African Mothers is a Maternal Health charity aiming to make birth safer in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) by providing: medication to treat post-partum haemorrhage (PPH), midwifery training and supplying baby clothes. By providing medication to treat one of most life-threatening complications of child birth, coupled with midwifery training we have been able to support hospitals and health centres in SSA and see huge reductions in maternal mortality.
Our mission is to implement a sustainable model of obstetric healthcare in SSA.
Our 3 key services include:
Medications - Every day approximately 830 women die from childbirth, over half of these deaths occur in SSA and 99% of all deaths are avoidable (WHO, 2016). PPH is one of the biggest causes of maternal mortality in SSA, and the common causes of PPH are related to the failure of the healthcare system as well as lack of skills and resources to manage/prevent PPH. The easiest way to treat/prevent PPH in SSA is with the drug, Misoprostol. Hospitals and health centres especially in rural areas do not have this essential drug, so we work with the governments of countries to distribute the medication. We are currently working with; Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Somaliland, Malawi, The Congo and Chad.
Midwifery workshops -The workshops are run by UK NHS volunteer midwives to enhance the clinical skills of local midwives. We not only distribute Misoprostol to treat/prevent PPH, but we compliment it with training on how to manage it. We also train midwives on basic emergency obstetric health care. We have secured partners with governments in Liberia and Sierra Leone to do the training.
Baby clothes - We supply clothing for vulnerable new born babies to ensure babies are kept warm after birth, particularly those suffering from malnutrition. The clothes encourage mothers to go to hospital for antenatal check-ups and deliver in the hospitals upon receiving clothes.
Life For African Mothers aims to:
- To achieve SDG 3; to ensure health and well being for all. Almost all maternal deaths occur in low resource settings and can prevented with trained personnel, equipment and medication.
- To achieve SDG 1; to end poverty. Children are 10 times more likely to survive if their mother is alive. Women contribute over 70% to agricultural output. We can lift families out of poverty.
Established: January 2005
Registered Charity Number: 1140183
Board members: 11
Full time staff: 1
Part time staff: 3
Phone number: 07887787678
Address: 65 Penarth Rd, Big Yellow Self Storage Company CF10 5DLView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website