All mums should live
Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to become a mum. Every day 10 women die from giving birth.
In Sawula district, the community struggle with a clinic which has no electricity and only two delivery beds.
Jebbeh is heavily pregnant but as her baby grows, it’s not joy that fills her heart, but fear.
When Jebbeh’s sister Fatmata went in to labour, there were so few ambulances that Fatmata had no choice but to walk for three hours under the baking sun, to the nearest hospital. The journey was long and with every step Fatmata struggled to keep walking.
Jebbeh told us: ‘My sister was crying out with hunger. She died on the side of the road. She never gave birth.’
Through our partner RADA (Rehabilitation and Development Agency), Christian Aid saw how difficult the situation in Sawula village was and began working to ensure that mums and babies have fullness of life.
RADA has been working locally to help vulnerable women access healthcare, improve hygiene with simple interventions like handwashing and, with your support, build a bigger, better health care centre.
This Christian Aid Week, together, we can make childbirth safe for mums and babies. Through our gifts and prayers, we can help give the world’s poorest mums a chance to live.
This Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May, the House to House collection in Blackrod will see the little red envelopes through letterboxes in the village. £300 could help provide a new delivery bed so more mums like Jebbeh can deliver their babies safely. Please give a donation.