Bringing safe maternity care to Africa
- by Riley Buchanan
- May 24, 2021
Anglican Aid is supporting the Barbara May Foundation as it provides free medical assistance in Sub-Saharan Africa, where over 300,000 women die each year during pregnancy and childbirth.
The new partnership is being established as the founder of the foundation, Dr. Andrew Browning, releases his book, A Doctor in Africa, showing his work across the past 30 years in decreasing the devastating maternal mortality rate in Africa.
Dr. Browning worked for many years with Dr. Catherine Hamlin in Ethiopia and continues to develop her vision for fistula prevention and cure in the name of Christ.
Women in Africa can face major complications in childbirth with obstetric fistula being one of the most dreaded.
This horrific birth complication is where often the baby is too big or the mother too small which causes the baby to become stuck during labour. It used to be common around the world, but developed countries are now able to provide medical intervention.
Women in sub-Saharan Africa aren’t so fortunate. Many women can be in labour for 3-7 days, with no nearby hospital or affordable maternity care.
This can cause their child to die, and lead to severe bladder, bowel and birth canal damage in the aftermath, known as an obstetric fistula. This devastating injury means that women begin to leak uncontrollably from their bladder and bowel. They are ashamed, divorced, ostracized and often suicidal.
No woman should suffer this horrendous childbirth injury and humiliation.
Obstetric fistula is preventable, but there are an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 new cases each year. Anglican Aid is partnering with The Barbara May Foundation to treat these women and prevent new cases through making hospitals accessible and free across Ethiopia and Tanzania.
Together, our new partnership will support the training of midwives, surgeons and doctors. This maternity assistance saves many lives, and is motivated by the love and compassion that God the Father has for the world
Please join Anglican Aid and Dr. Andrew Browning as together we strive to eradicate unsafe births in Africa.
Anglican Aid has been supporting fistula work since 1972.
All donations to Anglican Aid for this project are tax deductible. In the case that a fundraising appeal has received sufficient donations, any surplus funds will be used for a similar activity or an activity in the same country.