Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Maternal Health in Rwanda

The welfare of mothers and children is at the heart of the Millennium Development Goals. And mothers and children are at the heart of the projects Shyira Trust supports.

Our first project, in 2001, was the rebuilding of the maternity hospital, providing safe motherhood and supporting maternal health in the area around Shyira. But a maternity hospital without midwives is not much good, so we supported the training of a local nurse to become a midwife.

That nurse, Robinah, qualified in 2009, and since then, there have been no maternal deaths in Shyira – over 3 years without a death in a country with one of the poorest maternal health records in the world – truly a remarkable achievement. We have subsequently funded the training of a second midwife, Fidele, who qualified in 2011. Both are working in Shyira, supporting each other, but more importantly supporting the women around Shyira.

With our help, they continue to improve standards of maternal health in Rwanda, providing safe motherhood to thousands of women in the surrounding region. With your help, we will continue to provide midwifery training, and support for the existing midwives, in Shyira and beyond.

It doesn’t cost a lot to save a life - £3 will pay for a normal delivery, and £30 will pay for a Caesarean section. Not a lot by our standards, but out of the reach of many women in Rwanda.

So please make a donation, big or small, to Shyira Trust, to enable us to continue supporting maternal health and safe motherhood projects in Rwanda.

You can donate at bmycharity.com, and you can be assured that every penny received by Shyira Trust, plus Gift Aid, will go to these essential services for the women of Rwanda.

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