Mother's of Africa -
In Africa a woman's risk of dying from treatable or preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth over the course of her lifetime is 1 in 22, compared to 1 in 7,300 in developed regions. In a country like Benin, there are 11 anaesthetists in a country of 11 million. There are 140 anaesthetists in Cardiff alone! A Boeing 747 of mothers die in childbirth every single day in Africa.
The main activities of this 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 i.e. Benin, Togo, Ethiopia and Liberia.
I will be travelling to Liberia in February to train anaesthetic medical staff at the front line of maternal care. The idea is to teach simple, safe skills, to whoever is delivering anaesthesia to pregnant mothers. This could be either doctors, nurses or simply people trained up to give an anaesthetic – it doesn't matter who it is, they just have to have safe practice explained to them. Whoever! It really is a pleasure to be involved in the education of these people. Charities are also suffering this year due to lack of funding during the recession, and we are doing our best and I would be really grateful if you could visit and pledge whatever you can.
This charity is solely funded by donations.
Dr. Monica Chawathe ,
FRCA, MD Anaesthetics