The latest news and events at Life for African Mothers

 

On the 25th June, we celebrated our 10-year anniversary at the Pier Head building in Cardiff Bay.

We rolled out the red carpet for Dr. Grace Kodindo, visiting from Chad, as well as our country representatives – Abdul-Rahman Bah and Morlai Kamara, visiting from Liberia and Sierra Leone respectively.

They spoke about their contributions over the past 10 years and highlighted the staggering improvements in maternal healthcare since our involvement. The event was sponsored by Julie Morgan (AM) with guest compere Stephen Kinnock (MP), along with guest speakers Kirsten Jones and Boyd Clack (Royal Commonwealth Society Wales). The event was a huge success, attracting over 100 of our long term supporters and partners.

From left: Angela Gorman; Matt Price; Abdul-Rahman Bah; Stephen Kinnock (MP); Dr Grace Kodindo; Morlai Kamara; Julie Morgan (AM)

From left: Angela Gorman; Matt Price; Abdul-Rahman Bah; Stephen Kinnock (MP); Dr Grace Kodindo; Morlai Kamara; Julie Morgan (AM)

 

News

To mark our 10-year anniversary, a documentary is being made about Angela Gorman and LFAM – highlighting the goals accomplished over the past 10 years since her first visit to Chad in 2005. The documentary includes exclusive footage from Liberia (post-Ebola) and interviews with Dr. Grace Kodindo from Chad, as well as interviews from our country representatives – Morlai Kamara (Sierra Leone) and Abdul-Rahman Bah (Liberia).

The documentary shows how LFAM is operating in the UK, mobilising the resources for the treatment of postpartum haemorrhage and eclampsia – having delivered over 200,000 tablets already this year. Moreover, the film will divulge the preparations made by LFAM’s heroic midwives to deliver the midwifery training in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The film is likely to be titled ‘Midwife Crisis’ and is hoped to be released by the end of the year – being screened in the US as well as the UK. Please view the Facebook page to stay up to date with Midwife Crisis.

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Back to Liberia

• Imodium, Mosquito repellent, sunscreen
• Midwives
• Stethoscopes, Birthing Kit, workshop material….incontinence sheets
• Film crew
• Angela Gorman… (CHECK)
Accompanied by a film crew, Angela and her team of midwives visited Liberia from the 2nd-9th June. They were the first health team visiting the country since it was declared Ebola free. They assessed the health situation, what is required and how best LFAM can support the hospitals and health centres. Additionally, the midwives led a skills sharing workshop for 20 midwives in Redemption Hospital – this included listening to local staff regarding what their learning needs were, which will be incorporated into future visits.

The trip had been an overwhelming success, with all the objectives achieved. Everyone is looking forward to the next visit.

 

Angela Gorman with her team of midwives from the UK outside Redemption Hospital, Liberia

Angela Gorman with her team of midwives from the UK outside Redemption Hospital, Liberia

 

Developments

In 2014, new legislation in Chad declared maternal and under 5 healthcare free – and this incredible development led to more women giving birth in hospitals rather than at home. With an increased demand in services, Chad was struggling to supply the Misoprostol tablets to treat postpartum haemorrhage – so we have started supplying Misoprostol back to Chad and are now waiting for the reports.

Additionally, we have now started to supply health centres in Cameroon with Misoprostol. This is after Angela met representatives from the Welsh Cameroonian Women’s Group, who then discussed the possibility of supporting their local health centre in Cameroon. Further, we now help to supply and distribute vitamins, essential in the development of healthy pregnant women and their babies. This is due to a partnership formed with a company called Oxford Vitality. Richard and Alistair from the company joined LFAM on the most recent trip to Liberia and witnessed the impact their donations can have.

 

Brothers Alistair (pink) and Richard (blue) from Oxford Vitality in Liberia

Brothers Alistair (pink) and Richard (blue) from Oxford Vitality in Liberia

Angela met these ladies (below) in her recent visit to Liberia. They earn a living by breaking up large boulders of charcoal and bagging it up for sale. The mum (Hannah in blue) is 17yrs old – the father disappeared when he knew she was pregnant. Angela is about 5’5” so you can see that Hannah is very short and, logically, was likely to have a problem delivering normally. Hannah said that she was going to deliver at home with her mother (centre) because it would cost around $40 to deliver in hospital.

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Angela with Hannah

Life for African Mothers arranged, there and then, that Hannah would ring Abdul (Liberian country representative) when she goes into labour and he would take her to hospital. Angela asked Abdul to negotiate with JFK hospital that Hannah received free care, on the basis that they receive our Cytotec free of charge. A few days after the Life for African Mothers team returned home, Abdul rang Angela to say that Hannah had delivered a baby girl at JFK by C/Section. There was no charge. Hannah called the baby Angela!

Abdul and Angela

Abdul and Angela

Supporter story

 

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Hattie with her mother

On June 6th, Hattie Moore and her mum took on a gruelling 13 mile walk across the Brecon Beacons as a part of ‘Trek Fest’. With Hattie being an aspiring midwife, currently undertaking her training in university and having many family links to Africa, they thought Life for African Mothers was the ideal charity to support.

In all, Hattie and her mum managed to raise a brilliant sum of £335 to support our attempts to reduce maternal mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are ever so grateful for this and all the support we receive.

Important: We’ve moved!

As you may already know, Life For African Mothers has moved! Our lovely new offices are on Cathedral Road in Cardiff. Please find our new contact information below:

Life For African Mothers
6 Cathedral Rd
Cardiff
CF11 9LJ

Tel: 02920 647702

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and generous donations. Please update our new address and telephone number in your address book to ensure your donations are reaching the right place.