One of the best ways to understand why we do what we do at Life for African Mothers and what kind of projects your donations go to, is to see it in action.
We would like to share some of the saddest stories which give us our raison d’etre. Please learn from these videos…and have the tissues ready!
Dead mums don’t cry is how Life for African Mothers was born. CEO Angela Gorman watched the original Panorama documentary back in 2005. She was so affected by the fight of this incredible women in Chad; Dr Grace Kodindo it inspired her to start the charity. Angela has met Dr Kodindo in Chad and she is patron of the charity. This video is our true inspiration!
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Why donating matters: "I am a child of WWII".
Panorama: Dead mum's don't cry
Panorama: What happened next
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Why donating matters: "I am a child of WWII".Marcelle was a child of WWII and she explains why volunteering with Life for African Mothers is so important to her. For 5 years, Marcelle didn't have any new clothes and depended on donations. Marcelle is one of our most committed volunteers and she organises all of the baby bundles to be sent to either; Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Nigeria, Chad or The Congo. Marcelle cannot bear the thought of a baby or child without clothes.
Panorama: Dead mum's don't cry'Dead mums don’t cry' is how Life for African Mothers was born. CEO Angela Gorman watched the original Panorama documentary back in 2005. She was so affected by the fight of this incredible women in Chad; Dr Grace Kodindo it inspired her to start the charity. Angela has met Dr Kodindo in Chad and she is patron of the charity. This video is our true inspiration!
Panorama: What happened nextFollowing on from the documentary; 'Dead mum's don't cry', Panorama documented Dr Grace Kodindo's progress in battling maternal and infant mortality. 'What happened next' shows Dr Grace speak to the UN about reaching the MDG (Millennium Development Goals) in reducing the deaths of 500,000 women annually from child birth (2005). The documentary also features the baby steps of Life for African Mothers when it was first known as 'Hope for Grace Kodindo'. CEO, Angela Gorman set up the charity with other viewers of 'Dead mum's don't cry' and visited Chad to support Dr Kodindo in her mission.
Nixon HospitalNixon Memorial Hospital in Sierra Leone. This sad video shows the everyday battle to deliver healthcare in this deprived area. At one time this hospital was well equipped to care for the community, now destroyed by the long civil war, it has very little.
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Al Jazeera news itemIn 2014 Angela Gorman walked the global stage on the international news channel; Al Jazeera. It is estimated that 2.9 million babies die every year and 2,6 million babies die still born, and just under half of these babies die during labour. The most dangerous places to give birth are in Sub-Saharan Africa, particulary those suffering from conflict. With improved neo-natal care infant mortality would reduce significantly, Angela Gorman explains on Al-Jazeera why there is a high correlation between war and poor maternal healthcare.
Participatory Women's Groups - Presented at Houses of Parliament on 21 MayCommunity-led, Evidence-based Action from Bangladesh, India, Malawi and Nepal: Improving Maternal and Newborn Survival
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Midwifery training visits
Training Midwives on Partograms
Midwifery Training in Liberia
Preparing for Fistula repair in Sierra Leone
A trip to Waterloo Hospital Sierra Leone
Liberian Midwives Song
The lowdown on Maternal Mortality in Africa
Training Midwives on PartogramsIn May 2016, Angela and Midwife, Helen Lowenstein travelled to Liberia to deliver training on Partograms in a Midwifery School and hand-delivered knitted baby clothes! This video is a little snippet of the training that was done. Angela also had meetings with WHO (World Health Organisation) and other Stakeholders to develop our work further.
Midwifery Training in LiberiaIn May 2016, Angela and Midwife, Helen Lowenstein travelled to Liberia to deliver training on Partograms in a Midwifery School and hand-delivered knitted baby clothes! This video is a little snippet of the training that was done. LFAM volunteer, Buju was making sure the attendees understood the training by explaining in the local dialect.
Preparing for Fistula repair in Sierra LeoneIn November 2015 our training partners; The African Maternity Health Link travelled to Sierra Leone to deliver Midwifery training. During their visit they met women preparing for Fistula repair. In the video these women are singing to thank God for caring for them in preparation for VV/R Fistula Repair. Obstetric fistula (or vaginal fistula) is a medical condition in which a fistula (hole) develops between either the rectum and vagina (see rectovaginal fistula) or between the bladder and vagina (see vesicovaginal fistula) after severe or failed childbirth, when adequate medical care is not available.
A trip to Waterloo Hospital Sierra LeoneIn April 2013, LFAM's good friend Yaina Samuels and Director of the social enterprise; Nu-Hi, visits Waterloo Hospital Midwifery Ward in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Liberian Midwives SongLiberian Midwives reciting a neonatal resuscitation song in aid of training.
The lowdown on Maternal Mortality in AfricaIn 2011, Angela and other health professionals explain what the problems are and why there is such a high rate of maternal mortality during child birth in Sub-Saharan Africa.