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Thanks to the new initiative, more mums like Musu and their newborn babies can look forward to a brighter future.

 

The Making it Happen scheme will be able to reach thousands more like them as the training continues. By the end of 2011, the programme had trained more than 500 health workers in Sierra Leone alone.

 

So far, it has helped skill up nearly 2,700 medical staff across Bangladesh, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.

 

Background

 

UK aid is supporting British health workers to share their skills and help save the lives of thousands of mums and babies across Africa and Asia. Find out more at: www.dfid.gov.uk/mothers-day-2012

 

Picture © Nancy Durrell McKenna/SafeHands for Mothers

For more information, visit www.safehands.org

 

For mums-to-be like Musu, giving birth can be a matter of life and death.

 

She's gone into labour in one of the most dangerous places in the world to have a baby – Sierra Leone. Here, a shocking one in four deaths of women at child-bearing age happen during pregnancy and childbirth and tragically one in eleven babies are lost before their first birthday.

 

Background

 

UK aid is supporting British health workers to share their skills and help save the lives of thousands of mums and babies across Africa and Asia. Find out more at: www.dfid.gov.uk/mothers-day-2012

 

Picture © Nancy Durrell McKenna/SafeHands for Mothers

For more information, visit www.safehands.org

 

Taken whilst I waited for the Chicago bus....for a year and a half.

fishing by the light of the moon

such is island life here.

 

many up at dawn hoping to make some money to feed their families,

life is simple.

 

bob and i were talking yesterday. not many islander have a big house with a big mortgage. they aren't consumed like north americans in that way. it is much more simple. make enough to live on. food and clothing. simple. and yet not easy.

 

times are hard financially on the island right now.

 

so this shot is much more then just another 'moon' shot to me. it speaks of the people's determination to keep trying, to keep persevering, to keep believing that today will be better then yesterday.

 

yeah... love these people so much.

The stories of these three women at Freetown's maternity ward highlight the dangers mums face – and the difficulties its staff do their best to deal with.

 

While one mother has successfully given birth, the patient in the middle is facing complications. The woman at the far end of the ward sadly lost her baby after suffering severe bleeding.

 

Background

 

UK aid is supporting British health workers to share their skills and help save the lives of thousands of mums and babies across Africa and Asia. Find out more at: www.dfid.gov.uk/mothers-day-2012

 

Picture © Nancy Durrell McKenna/SafeHands for Mothers

For more information, visit www.safehands.org

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