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.
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.
A placenta sustains life in the womb by passing essential oxygen and nutrients from mother to baby. It also absorbs unwanted waste from the baby, so why would anyone want to eat it?
VSO volunteer Ayla Ozkan from London has sent us an update from her placement as a midwife in Cambodia. She is supported by the Soroptomist Club of Central Birmingham through our community Volunteer Linking programme. Find out how she is getting on.
David Atherton volunteered in Malawi for 18 months training nurses and midwives. He is now back in the UK and continuing to advocate for VSO.