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Testimony from beneficiaries

Photo : Esther Madudu.

Esther Madudu, A midwife in Uganda for 11 years, she took an AMREF course in 2010 as part of a program supported by the Foundation to expand and upgrade skills.

Esther lives in Uganda. She works in a health center in a rural area more than six hours away by track and road from the capital.

Esther has already saved more than 1,000 lives

There are only two midwives to handle the dozens of women who come each day. Esther is herself a mother of two children, and has to deliver babies for five women a night and see 40 young mothers during the day. She also tours the villages. Since she has been trained by AMREF, she can handle complicated deliveries, carry out tests for HIV/AIDS, and train TBAs. Where does she get the energy for all this?

Photo : Maria Gasingo.

Maria Gasingo, When giving birth to her third child, she was bleeding badly and had to be transported urgently to a hospital three hours away from her village in South Sudan.

“I am myself a premature infant. I'm convinced that I'm only alive today because a midwife helped my mother to give birth.”

Maria nearly died in childbirth

Maria Gasingo was lucky too. For her third child, she went off to the health center as soon as she felt the first contractions. She took a long time because the center is an hour and a half walk and she was bleeding profusely. Upon arrival, she had lost her placenta. She was immediately taken to the hospital. “I was very afraid of dying. Not every woman is as lucky as me.”

“CONNECTING MIDWIVES”: THE MIDWIVES PLATFORM

In February 2014, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation decided to launch, in partnership with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the “Connecting Midwives” web platform (http://connectingmidwives.com/web/) underscoring its commitment to engage with midwives in the fight against maternal and neonatal mortality in developing countries.

This unique and highly collaborative platform provides midwives around the world with a dedicated site where they can tell each other about their experiences, and discuss and share their ideas, projects and innovations.

This network will help them enrich their professional practices and strengthen the leading role they play in the improvement of care and the health of women, newborns and families. Their actions will then be highlighted in their community, and this will help to overcome the isolation they may experience in rural areas.