Esther at her health center
As you may know, the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign is aimed at training 15,000 African midwives by 2015 to reduce maternal mortality. At this time, we are proud to report that we have 5,013 midwives trained or currently in training! This means that up to 2,506,500 women in sub-Saharan Africa will be recieving the pre- and post-natal care they need!
Women are dying needlessly in sub-Saharan Africa due to a lack of access to basic medical care. With the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign, AMREF is working tirelessly to stop these deaths, thanks to donors like you.
Esther Madudu, an AMREF-trained midwife in Uganda, notes the need for more midwives:
Although she lives with her family at the Atirir health center staff quarters, Esther has to spend more than 13 hours every day at the health center. "I am always here Monday to Monday, only getting a day off occasionally. Deliveries are unexpected and I have to rush whenever and wherever I am needed."
Esther sees clients every half hour for the entire day, only being interrupted by patients who have gone into labor. During her brief breaks, Esther rushes to the staff quarters to feed her baby. "Our work can be very challenging. We are too few to cope with the demand. A health center such as this should have at least six midwives. Yet there are only three of us interchanging between day and night shifts."