Who We Are
Aminata Maternal Foundation (AMF) is a small Australian not-for-profit organisation that was established to END infant and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone.
The organisation focuses on safe delivery and provides the best quality maternal health services, along with the creation of sustainable communities by educating women and giving them the right tools to empower themselves.
There is a crisis in maternal health in Sierra Leone. We work to consistently improve the well-being of mothers and babies by providing dignified services and creating infrastructures and resources to eradicate this crisis.
Sierra Leone is one of the most dangerous places on earth to give birth. There is a critical shortage of maternal health professionals with fewer than 800 midwives and 10 obstetricians in a country with the same population of New South Wales (7.8 million). In comparison, NSW has 8000 midwives and around 650 specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
In partnership with Aberdeen Women’s Centre in Freetown Sierra Leone, Aminata Maternal Foundation is working closely with pregnant women and young pregnant girls to ensure safe delivery for both mothers and their babies by improving their health and well-being. There are very few facilities in rural areas in Sierra Leone where women can safely give birth and receive thorough pre and postnatal care.
This centre is the second busiest in Sierra Leone. They serve the most significant unmet needs of women and girls in Freetown. Its mission is to provide high quality, holistic care to vulnerable women and girls, by providing maternity, fistula and child health care services – free of charge.
The centre also delivers safe births for approximately 3,000 women per year, along with pre/post-natal care and education.
AMF is determined to reduce the preventable deaths of mothers and babies in childbirth. Our priority areas of work include:
- Partnering with The Freedom From Fistula Foundation and Aberdeen Women’s Centre, Freetown, to tackle maternal mortality
- Strengthening the infrastructure of the maternal healthcare system in Sierra Leone through a midwifery training program
- Raising awareness regarding the challenges of access to maternal health in Sierra-Leone
- Working with the mothers to ensure; safe delivery of babies, pre and postnatal care, counselling services and a pathway to education to create intergenerational change
- Building strong relationships with communities.
- Identifying key challenges that impact maternal health, infant health, and well-being.
- Our goal is to support a system that enables Sierra Leone to meet its midwifery needs.
- Strengthen and expand the existing infrastructure of the maternal healthcare system.
- Open, transparent, and collaborative organisations.
- AMF team works cohesively to ensure the short-term and long-term objectives of the organisation are achieved.
- Providing women and girls with tools and resources to make informed decisions.
- Encouraging and supporting better outcomes through empowering local communities to make long-lasting change
- Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being”, “motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance.”
- We are committed to a future where women and girls in Sierra Leone have the right to deliver their babies safely and know they have access to maternal facilities and care.