More women die in childbirth in Sierra Leone, than any other country in the world.The film below follows the journey of US medic Dr Erin Carey at the Princess Christian Maternity hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, a government hospital. The maternity system within the hospital is non-existent and critical life saving drugs unavailable. The blood bank is near empty and in the video the husband of an expectant woman, Aminata, canvasses strangers on the street for blood. This is also the country that ebola rages in.
On the other side of town however, is a clinic supported by donors like Life for African Mothers who supply vital drugs like misoprostol, an anti-haemorrhaging medicine which is a life saver for a condition which is one of the biggest killers of expectant mothers in the country. This is the Aberdeen Women’s Centre. There are almost no maternal deaths within this clinic. This is the same country and same population. Just a different system and different way of organisation and skills. For more on this amazing centre which continues to operate through the Ebola crises, check out their Facebook page from the link below. The centre was formerly known as the Aberdeen West Africa Fistula Center (which was founded by Mercy Ships and is now managed by the Gloag Foundation).
In the new spirit of a rising Africa, films like this, contrary to misrepresenting Africa, serve as an opportunity and as inspiration for those whose who can, to target their investment and support clinics like this as part of a move towards creating a better healthcare system.
Image credit: Aberdeen Women’s Clinic via Facebook