Did you know that 22% of mothers who delivered babies in Sierra Leone in 2021 were teenagers?
To help eradicate this, the foundation together with its partner, The Aberdeen Women's Center regularly hold the Dream Team Girls project. This project aims to support and rehabilitate teenage mothers registered at the maternity clinic who are abandoned, often destitute, and are in need of practical and emotional support before, during, and after they have had their baby. The project now supports approximately 300 girls a year with four months of wraparound help before, during and after childbirth.
Two months ago, the teenage mothers in the Dream Girls program graduated after 6 months of education and skill training, which will allow them to move towards internships that will help them take responsibility to forge a new life for themselves and their babies. This will empower them for a life that is full of possibilities.
"The people of Sierra Leone are more than capable. They have relentless strength and courage. So, let's give them the resources to rebuild their lives. Let’s build an Africa that will no longer NEED the western world." - @aminata_conteh_biger, CEO and Founder
Core to the foundation's work is providing safe births for mothers and babies in Sierra Leone. The incredible maternity team at Aberdeen Women's Centre take a holistic approach to the care of women and children, providing the highest standards of maternal healthcare to women in Sierra Leone, free of charge.
As the second busiest maternity hospital with the highest maternal survival rate (99.83%) in the country, the Aberdeen Women's Centre provides a vital service. Making birth safe ensures prevention of birth injuries such as obstetric fistula and dramatically reduces neonatal mortality.
The Dream Girls Program aims to support and rehabilitate teenage mothers registered at the maternity clinic who are abandoned, often destitute, and are in need of practical and emotional support before, during, and after they have had their baby. The project now supports approximately 300 girls a year with four months of wraparound help before, during and after childbirth.
Sierra Leone has a critical shortage of midwives. Populated by more than 7.8 million people, the country only has 1000 midwives, which is one-third of the number it actually needs. This shortage is a significant cause of high maternal mortality. We are determined to work with the national government and our partners to build midwife capacity.
Most midwife students in Sierra Leone graduate never having delivered a baby. In 2019, we began a project with hands-on training, ensuring new graduates a month-long practical placement at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre under the guidance of experienced midwives. This program is helping to train the next generation of Sierra Leonean midwives, ensuring they have the experience they need to make birth safe for thousands of mums and babies across their career.