Rahel Beyan is one of the nurses in Tigray, Ethiopia helping to improve conditions for mothers and newborns at Suhul Hospital. With the support and training of VSO volunteer Miriam Etter, she’s now working in the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, helping to save young lives every day.
Health is precious. Being unwell can keep us keep us from learning, making a living, and caring for our families. Without good quality healthcare, sickness, pregnancy and infection can mean chronic poverty, suffering and stigma.
Together, we're making a real difference by improving health services where action is needed most.
On a recent visit to Ethiopia, VSO’s Health Lead, Clive Ingleby, visited staff at Nigist Elleni Memorial (NEM) Hospital. Just one of the hospitals where VSO initiatives are saving young lives.
As we wave goodbye to a year that has seen tragedy and terror, it’s worth reminding ourselves that for every awful global event, there have been many acts, on a small and large scale, that remind us of the power and generosity of the human spirit
Currently, 6.6 million babies are born each year only to die before they reach a month old. The first 48 hours - labour and the first day of life - are the most dangerous. If simple conditions and infections are recognised and treated at this time, lives need not be lost. Sadly, in developing countries a lack of maternal healthcare workers with appropriate training means babies die far too often.
This International Day of the Midwife, discover the shocking facts about the odds stacked against the smallest and most vulnerable in less privileged parts of the world - and find out what you can do about it.
VSO storygatherer Vishva Sodhi visits rural Ethiopia, where she meets VSO volunteer Patricia Gilhooley. How is creativity making a difference in primary schools there?