Sierra Leone has a critical shortage of midwives. Needing 3500 midwives, the country has fewer than 800, the most 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 to enhance hands-on training ensuring new graduates a month’s practical placement at AWC under the guidance of experienced midwives. To build capacity our program includes training midwives to become midwife educators.