Almaz, a midwife in Ethiopia talking with a mother
We have decided to close this project, however you can still follow us through our Stand Up for African Mothers campaign (http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/stand-up-for-african-mothers/).
Every year in Sub-Saharan Africa, upwards of 200,000 mothers die as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Because of this high maternal mortality rate, almost 950,000 children are left without a mother every year. Most of these deaths are easily preventable, as they are mainly caused by a lack of access to basic health care.
To efficiently reduce these numbers, AMREF has launched the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign to train more midwives, because midwives save lives. The aim of the campaign is to train 15,000 African midwives by 2015. So far, 4,909 are trained or in training in six countries in Africa. An AMREF-trained midwife can provide antenatal services - including examination of the mothers, referral services, counseling of HIV-positive mothers, nutritional education, maternity services, including delivery; and post-natal care. We estimate an AMREF-trained midwife can provide care to 500 mothers a year on average.
Thank you so much for supporting our "Better Maternal Health for 500,000 Women in Africa" project, and we hope you can be a partner with us in standing up for African mothers!