The lifetime risk of maternal death in Sierra Leone is 1 in 17, one of the highest in the world.
1 in 10 children in Sierra Leone won’t see their fifth birthday.
Since 1990 Sierra Leone has dramatically reduced maternal and infant mortality. There are solutions! Working together, we can further reduce suffering.
NO WOMAN OR BABY
DIES IN CHILDBIRTH IN
SIERRA LEONE DUE TO POVERTY
We work with our remarkable partners, the Freedom From Fistula Foundation and Aberdeen Women’s Centre, Freetown, who tackle maternal mortality by providing safe births for approximately 3000 women a year, including pre and post-natal care and education.
We strengthen the infrastructure of the maternal healthcare system in Sierra Leone through a midwifery training programme. Training the next generation of midwives is imperative as we work towards a system that actively promotes maternal health and wellbeing.
Working with the youngest mothers, we help teenagers learn to care for their babies and have a path back to education or a job.
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Freedom from Fistula Foundation
The Foundation works in partnership with the Freedom From Fistula Foundation which runs the Aberdeen Women’s Centre (AWC) in Freetown. AWC provides the only comprehensive fistula repair service in Sierra Leone with the capacity to treat up to 600 fistula patients every year. In addition, the Aberdeen Women’s Centre also provides free healthcare to pregnant mothers and children.
'Aminata knocked me out at our first meeting in Sydney some years ago...courage shining through as she spoke of some of her experiences in Sierra Leone. Her story, Rising Heart, will never leave you; searing, powerful, disturbing, hopeful.'
The Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO
'The spirit of Aminata's story will stay with you long after you finish reading. Rising Heart has refuelled my sense of perspective and purpose. Aminata's courage in sharing this intensely personal story is rewarded with the power of inspiring hope. Thank you, Aminata, for sharing.'
Yael Stone, actor and activist