Discharging a healthy baby makes me happy

As a clinical assistant in the paediatrics ward at Nyangao hospital, Tanzania, Godfrey Kambanga has his work cut out for him. Understaffing, lack of training and resources has kept neonatal mortality rates amongst the highest in the country. His own patient roster can reach nearly 70 sick children and babies a day. 

VSO volunteers and Dr Siobhan Neville and Dr Peter O’Reilly are paediatricians tasked with supporting the development and training of the Neonatal Intensive Care unit in Nyangao and other hospitals in the region. Working with them has given Godfrey a new set of skills and energy when treating his patients. 

Every baby deserves a chance

Irish paediatrician Dr Siobhán Neville is volunteering in Lindi, one of the most deprived parts of Tanzania. Based across several local hospitals and health centres, she and partner Peter O’Reilly are supporting initiatives to improve newborn care and challenge the tragically high rate of newborn death in the region. 

Discovering a wealth of opportunity in Tanzania: Sandy's volunteer story

Sandy Hung, 28, left behind a high-powered role in Canada managing millions for the super-wealthy to volunteer with disadvantaged businesswomen in Iringa, on the Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-LED) project. It's improving chances for entrepreneurs in four districts on Tanzania by strengthening institutions and coaching small business owners.

The shameful link between poverty and infant death

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.

Lighting the way to community development

Supporting women to gain new, useful skills can not only help them to boost their income and contribute to development. It can also give them the confidence and local respect needed to play a more active role in community decision making. VSO's Vishva Sodhi explains the benefits of training rural women as solar engineers in Tanzania.