A British charity, Life for African Mothers has arrived in Liberia to help strengthen the skills of the country’s midwives in the area of maternal mortality. The team includes Angela Gorman- Chief Executive Officer; Georgina Shorts and Grace Nambozi. About 30 to 60 midwives from four hospitals around Monrovia are expected to participate in a three-day training exercise.
Speaking to our reporter prior to the team’s arrival at the Roberts International Airport on Friday, Reverend Chuold Walleh said the health charity group main focus here is to supply drugs to health centers as well as provide skill training for midwives.
Participants are expected to be recruited from the Redemption Hospital on Bushrod Island, S.D. Cooper Hospital on 12TH Street Sinkor, James R. Davis and the ELWA Memorial Hospitals respectively. Rev. Walleh said that the health team had operated in Liberia for two years, providing free services to mothers and training midwives in the mentioned hospitals.
Upon arrival to Liberia, the CEO of the Life for African Mothers health team, Madam Angela Gorman said they have chosen to work along with midwives here to reduce Liberia’s high risk of maternal mortality through training and providing requisite drugs to prevent maternal mortality.
According to Madam Gorman, the United Nations health reports had shown that Liberia has one of the highest risks of maternal mortality, thus causing untimely deaths among pregnant women.
“Liberia has one of the highest risks in the world, so we are here to help in reducing the risks. Alongside providing medication, we also provide skills training for midwives to improve their skills”, she said.
The other two members of the team Georgina Shorts and Grace Nambozi both expressed excitement for coming to Liberia to share experiences with midwives. Grace Nambozi, a United Kingdom-based Ugandan, said more of such training was necessary to guide midwives in catering to young baby mothers.