Mille, Ethiopia

 

Funded in partnership with the Sydney & South Western Sydney Local Health District (S&SWSLHD), the first project undertaken by the Foundation was to fund the building of a full-service maternity hospital in the Afar region of Ethiopia to be run by Valerie Browning. It is situated so that more than 500,000 Afar women are now within a two hour drive of expert medical services and maternal care. Since the hospital became operational it is estimated that more than 8,000 girls and women have been treated and had access to safe and dignified pregnancy and birth.

APDA, in conjunction with MA, designed a rigorous remote village birth attendant training program which is estimated to have trained 1600 attendants to date. In addition, APDA has created eight triage units along the main road for Emergency Obstetric Care cases for remote women. The hospital has recently been extended to increase capacity.

The wonderful book of Valerie Browning’s astonishing life in the Afar region of Ethiopia is available directly from the Foundation. MAALIKA – My life among the Afar nomads of Africa. $25 plus $6 postage. Email Joanne Crowley to order jo.crowley@barbaramayfoundation.com