Mothers of Africa is a Medical Educational Charity that trains medical staff in Sub-Saharan Africa to care for mothers during pregnancy and childbirth.

The problem

In Africa:

  • each day, the equivalent of three Boeing 747s full of mothers die in childbirth
  • a woman’s risk of dyingfrom treatable or preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth overthe course of her lifetime is 1 in 6 (in developed regions, the risk is 1 in7,300)
  • some countries, like Benin, have 1 anaesthetist per million people of the population (in Cardiffalone, there are 140)
What we do about it

The main activities of the charity revolve around visits to Sub-Saharan Africa countries to provide training for anaesthetic medical staff at the front-line of maternal care.

Since the charity was set up in 2005, volunteers from Welsh hospitals have helped develop and deliver training in 4 countries:

  1. Ethiopia
  2. Benin
  3. Togo
  4. Liberia

The death toll from conditions that are so readily prevented or treated is shocking and outrageous. But, the fact that the deaths could be so easily avoided, by providing basic training, means that even a comparatively modest effort to change the situation can have significant results.