LFAM December Newsletter
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Mothers should not die giving life, yet every year, around 300,000 mothers, or mothers-to-be, die in pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of deaths are avoidable and 99% are in developing countries. SubSaharan Africa carries the heaviest burden of these deaths and some of the poorest countries in the world are those who have the highest numbers of maternal deaths. LFAM are committed to trying to reduce this burden by making every mother's life count
The life of a midwife in Sub-Saharan Africa is extremely challenging. They do the same job that UK midwives do without most of the basics that a UK midwife takes for granted. They work long shifts in brutal heat for low, sometimes non-existent wages. They frequently have to look after several labouring women on their own. Often their training is inadequate or out of date. Maternal death is something they face frequently in the absence of up to date equipment, drugs and most of all training.
Life for African Mothers provides Skills Sharing Workshops run by volunteer UK midwives. The aim is to offer opportunities to local midwives to refresh and update their knowledge and practice their skills in a supportive and safe environment. The ultimate aim is to make birth safer for women in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Life for African Mothers decided to take a simple but effective approach to saving mothers lives: the two Ms. This was Misoprostol and Midwives. LFAM was advised that focusing on Post Partum Haemorrhage (PPH), the biggest killer of women and by providing Misoprostol, the medication to prevent or treat PPH, we would save many more mothers. Currently, LFAM are providing Misoprostol to part or whole of five countries. Our volunteer midwives include the management of this most precious of medications in their skills sharing workshops. The monitoring of the donations, including stock levels and lives saved each month are sent to LFAM which we forward to the donor.
To mitigate the impact of covid-19 on three slum communities in Monrovia, LFAM has collaborated with the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) through a targeted information campaign which is informing the wider population on the need to access routine essential healthcare and protect each other and through action to support 350 of the most vulnerable pregnant women and nursing mothers with hygiene kits as well as nappies and baby clothes.
Working with a network of healthcare companies across the globe, IHP organise, co-ordinate and move donations of medicines and health supplies. At the same time, they work closely with NGO partners to identify what they need, and to supply them with donations in an effective, safe and responsible way. To learn more about the collaboration between LFAM and IHP. Click Here
Angela Gorman our CEO took part on Thursday 3rd December 2020 in celebrating the shared achievements of IHP and their supporters in what had been a remarkable year. They reflected on the challenges of 2020 and marked the continued efforts alongside their partners to improve access to essential healthcare products in vulnerable communities across the world
"I came to know Life for African Mothers during a technical visit to Chad in November 2005, when I was mandated by the UNFPA to give advice to the Ministry of Health for improving the terrible situation of women and neonates around pregnancy and birth. I appreciated the organisations enthusiasm and dedication, and particularly their decision to fight post-partum Haemorrhage, the N°1 killer of women, through provision of Misoprostol at the most peripheral level, i.e. the decentralised health centres. Since that date, the group has evolved and progressed and has succeeded in providing life-saving drugs in selected countries, with good results. Even in retirement I want to continue to support their work, in view of the attainment of the SDG N°3, for the life and better health of mothers is the noblest aim that can be imagined "
Dr Vincent Fauveau, former Maternal and Newborn and Reproductive Health adviser, United Nations Population Fund, New york and Geneva