Chair- Matt Price
Chair and co-founder of Life for African Mothers, Matt is a Broadcast Sound Engineer based in London. He was one of the first people to respond to the Panorama programme ‘Dead Mums Don’t Cry’ by contacting the programme and Dr Grace Kodindo to find out what could be done to help, initially, the mothers of Chad. He is married with 3 sons.
Secretary- Philomena Davies
Recently retired from teaching Religious Education and now living back in Cardiff where she was born and raised. She is married with 2 children. Philomena is a proud and supporting member of LfAM.
Colin spent 22 years with Action Aid International, a charity dedicated to reducing poverty around the world. He was responsible for setting up country programmes in Somalia, Uganda and Malawi then running the Africa region and finally developing a new decentralised international structure.
He was part of the exciting, and eventually successful, response to HIV in Uganda and helped set up the now famous and influential NGO, TASO, in that country. Since 2003 he has been involved widely in various trustee, management and coaching roles in Africa and the UK. Colin brings all of that experience to the Egmont Trust: an organizational and management approach which promotes minimal bureaucracies, space, trust and focus, and a belief founded in practice that the impact of HIV and AIDS can actually be reduced substantially, even eliminated. He went to school in South Wales, holds an MA from Canada, and was awarded an OBE in 2002.
Julie has been to Africa on a number of occasions as part of her Parliamentary work, she has seen first hand the huge health challenges faced by people especially in poorer areas. Julie feels maternal mortality is especially tragic and women dying in the process of giving life should be greatly reduced, and not dying as the result of lacking items that are inexpensive and readily available in the developed world. “Seeing LfAM working to provide these dedicated professionals with the tools they need is wonderful”.
Racheal’s doctoral research work focuses on maternal mortality in Nigeria, one of the countries in Sub Saharan Africa, which has some of the highest maternal mortality rates worldwide. Yearly, thousands of women lose their lives in the process of giving life and many of these go unnoticed, in some of the remotest parts of the world. The extent and longevity of the problem has always been a personal passion for her.
In the past she has worked with NGOs and interest groups on the subject and these opportunities have brought home the reality of the maternal health challenge. The challenges might seem overwhelming and the solutions complex and multidimensional, but simple approaches like those employed at Life For African Mothers are making a difference, one woman at a time. “These small differences will one day culminate in great change”.
Professor Alison Fiander
Professor Alison Fiander was appointed to chair of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ (RCOG) Global Health Policy Advisory Committee in September 2012.
She has spent time working in Sierra Leone, Ghana and The Gambia and has been a trainer for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s Essential Lifesaving Skills courses – Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care.
Alison also has a keen interest in addressing global maternal mortality and morbidity and has worked as a technical advisor to CCBRT’s (Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania) Disability Hospital Obstetric Fistula programme in Dar es Salaam 2011-12. During this time she also worked with CCBRT’s Maternal Health capacity building programme to improve training and skills in emergency obstetric care in busy health facilities in the city.