Meet Maria, and hear how an Amref Health Africa-trained midwife saved her life

A midwife holds a babyMaria Gasingo lives in South Sudan, and just like so many women in Sub-Saharan Africa had no other option but to give birth at home. She ran into severe hemorrhaging complications during labour and immediately knew that her life and the life of her unborn child were at risk.

Time was of the essence for Maria and her baby. Left with no other choice, she set out on the long and agonizing walk to the nearest health care centre, where an Amref Health Africa-trained midwife was working.

“I had to leave my home while the baby was coming out and I was very scared.”

The Amref Health Africa-trained midwife discovered that Maria had delivered the placenta before her baby - a common complication that can be fatal for mothers. The life-saving training that the midwife received from Amref Health Africa gave her the tools to contain the bleeding and arrange for immediate transport to the closest hospital. In that hospital, Maria gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.

“I was afraid I was going to die but we are fine now and I am so grateful to Amref Health Africa.”

Maria’s delivery experience is a true testament to how your gifts to Amref Health Africa are saving the lives of mothers and babies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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It is experiences like Maria’s that inspire us all to Stand Up for African Mothers and change the current conditions that women in Sub-Saharan Africa face during pregnancy. This is why the Amref Health Africa family of staff and supporters feels so strongly about the health of mothers and their children in Africa.

If you feel as strongly as we do, you can show your continuous support by joining Amref Health Africa’s Health for Africa monthly giving program with a donation of $20 per month. Your continuous support will help ensure midwives across Sub-Saharan Africa are properly trained, and trained midwives save MORE mothers’ lives!

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South Sudan is suffering from a severe shortage of midwives, and has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Your gift will help save more women like Maria. Please also consider making a one-time donation today.