Sierra Leone has a critical shortage of midwives. Populated by more than 7.8 million people, the country only has 1000 midwives - one-third of the number it actually needs. This shortage is 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 with hands-on training, ensuring new graduates a month-long practical placement at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre under the guidance of experienced midwives. To build capacity, our program includes training midwives to also become midwife educators.