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Zainab (Aged 16)

Outreach midwife Bernadette reassures Zainab

We heard of Zainab before our trip to Sierra Leone in September 2016.  She was 15 years old and 37 weeks pregnant. She lives in one of the districts of Port Loko with her partner’s family.

Six weeks later, when we arrived in Sierra Leone, Zainab had yet to go into labour, and had not been seen by a doctor. Local practice is to wait till labour commences before seeking medical, and even then assistance is usually not sought.  At 43 weeks, this seemed a dangerous option for the young Zainab.

We visited Zainab’s village, together with Aberdeen Women’s Centre midwife Bernadette, and asked for permission from her community to take Zainab to AWC in Freetown.  After two days of negotiations with three villages, we were finally given permission to take Zainab and her sister in law to AWC in Freetown.

Zainab, delivered her baby boy the following day via c-section and she and her healthy baby were returned to her family and community.

The wonderful news is that now everyone in Zainab’s village knows, and importantly, trusts the work of the Aberdeen Women Centre.

Zainab is featured in our SBS Dateline documentary. Please go to this link to watch the full documentary of Daughter of Sierra Leone.

Behind every woman at AWC is a story as compelling as those of the 2 Zainabs and Jakia, and they are the reason we have partnered with Freedom From Fistula and Aberdeen Women’s Centre to ensure their health and safety.

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How will the Aminata Maternal Foundation respond to the likely surge of teenage pregnancies as a result of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone?
Through their Dream Team program. Their aim is to transform lives through education and empowerment at the most vulnerable moments in their young lives.

How can you help?
By walking! As a result of lockdown and restrictions during COVID-19, many more people have been out and about enjoying the beautiful sunshine by walking, running and cycling. Why not turn that exercise into a worthwhile cause and sign up to the AMF Walking Challenge today!

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Walking is a great way of exercising. It brings many benefits to your physical and mental health.

We thought we'd bring this up since we are counting down to the AMF Walking Challenge 2020.

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Have you joined our #amfwalkingchallenge yet?

All participants who go above and beyond by fundraising $500 or more will receive their very own signed copy of Aminata’s memoir Rising Heart.

The top individual fundraiser will win a lunch with our CEO Aminata Conteh-Biger to thank you for all your efforts to help save the lives of women and babies in Sierra Leone. (At this stage offer for Sydney residents only).

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I have just signed up for the #AMFWalkingChallenge2020 from 1st November to 14th November inspired by this incredible woman @aminata_conteh_biger, the CEO of the @aminatafoundation, and also my own birth story.

Six weeks after my second baby Lottie was born prematurely, I experienced a late post-partum haemorrhage and was rushed to hospital. I was there for a week, and in that time, the bleeding wouldn’t stop. I was given five blood transfusions and eventually, underwent a curette to remove the retained placenta. It was the scariest thing I've ever gone through and I'll never forget it. 

​If I was in Sierra Leone, I wouldn’t have survived. I wouldn’t have had the medical care I did.

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Our CEO and Founder @aminata_conteh_biger will be speaking at Bridging Careers.

Friday 23rd October at 2 pm

BridgingCareers invited Australia’s best motivational speakers to come together to offer FREE
career advice in week-long career webinar. Monday 19th – Friday 23rd October 10 am and 2 pm each day.

Other speakers include Olympic Gold Medallist & Comedian Steven Bradbury, Former news presenter, columnist and author Jacinta Tynan and Former Socceroo and radio broadcaster Craig Foster, Top 11 Female AFR of the year 2019 and Refugee Advocate, Nyadol Nyuon along with the country’s top HR & Recruitment Professionals.

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As you know, Aminata's book 'Rising Heart' has received incredible media coverage. The launch of her memoir brought the Foundation in the spotlight.

Rebecca Bodman wrote a beautiful article about our extraordinary Aminata and the story behind her smile, which includes the Aminata Foundation.
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Listen to the extraordinary story of our inspiring CEO Aminata on @BBCoutlook. With Emily Webb.
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